In My Cups: Lacquerware

Ever since I was a kid I was intrigued by the beautiful, exotic arts of Japan. I used to go to the library to look through their enormous volume of Hokusai prints, and I never missed a museum exhibition of Japanese arts or crafts. I’ve learned and taught origami, dabbled in Japanese brush painting, and …

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Tea Wares from Occupied Japan

During the post-World War II years, the USA spent a great deal of money and manpower to help our former enemies rebuild their economies. One of these projects in Japan was the re-establishment of ceramics production. While Japan had a centuries-old tradition of ceramics (stoneware, china, porcelain) ranging from functional to decorative before the war, …

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The Best Tea Cup, Mug, or Glass

  If I had to drink tea in a Styrofoam cup or one of those cardboard carryout cups with the molded plastic top that seem all the rage these days, I'd have to think long and hard about it. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd prefer no tea at all, and I …

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“The History of the Tea-Cup” By Rev. G.R. Wedgwood

You might not stop to think about the history of a relatively mundane object such as a tea cup but it has a history nonetheless, a history that was explored in an 1878 volume appropriately titled The History of the Tea-Cup. It's not completely clear if the author of this book, Rev. G. R. Wedgwood, …

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Getting Along with “Normal” Teawares

Many tea drinkers have a limited selection of teawares in their arsenal. This is either because they have limited storage space, limited tea selections, limited funds, or limited time to go out and purchase specialized teawares and then learn how to use them properly. So, how do they prepare a special tea that might be …

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Souvenir Tea Mugs

True and dedicated tea drinkers know that all of those so-called “coffee mugs” out there are really tea mugs. And souvenir tea mugs are the best, so amassing a collection is a natural thing to do for a tea drinker who travels. When hubby and I met, he had already acquired several very nice souvenir …

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Roundtable Topic: Pairing Teas with Teawares

Another roundtable hashing of a topic of concern to you tea lovers. Do you invest heavily in specialized teawares so you can properly steep the growing array of teas in your stock? Or do you stick with your tried and true teapot or mug? Tea bloggers weigh in here, and your thoughts are welcome, too. …

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