Teapot Styles — Transferware

Transferware revolutionized teaware designs. Teawares and decorations go together like tea and cookies. Hand-painting teacups and teapots had been popular for centuries. But they were slow to make and had to be limited in detail. Where It Started As tea in Europe became more popular, the demand for fancier teawares grew. Famed potter John Sadler …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 9

I recently wrote an article in these pages about the pros and cons of sun tea, which is made by leaving tea leaves and water in a jug to steep in the sun. For an interesting variation on this theme, check out this solar kettle that claims to be able to harness the power of …

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5 Alternatives to Using a Teapot

“I never use a teapot!” Yes, it’s true. Some tea drinkers don’t steep tea in a teapot. And we’re not just talking about folks who dunk a teabag in some hot water in a mug. We’re talking about those “alternate” tea steepers. Here are five such alternatives for you to try (or maybe you already …

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The Horror of Lip Marks on Your Teacups

Oh the horror of lip marks on your teacups. But let’s face it, folks, life is messy. When your teacup gets those nasty lip marks on it that never seem to wash off and just keep building up, your life can seem even messier, bordering on total disaster. Lipstick is, of course, a culprit here, …

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The Tea Trio Set

If you cruise the antique stores or online sites that specialize in classic teawares, you’ve come across the tea trio set. There are some folks who even collect them in different patterns from different makers for a truly eclectic tea time. A tea trio set consists of a teacup, a saucer, and a dessert plate, …

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You (Tea) Animal!

[Editor's note: I usually don't layout articles like this (photo-text-photo-text-etc), but the last time I tried to do something snazzy, WordPress messed up the image sizing. These teawares are just too cute (I want them all!) to risk that happening again. Enjoy!] A lot of people collect “stuff” with animal motifs. A lot of tea people …

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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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More Tea Gadgets

It's gadget time again, tea lovers. We've reported on tea gadgets many times in these pages and will probably continue to do so, given that the flow of these items never seems to abate even in the slightest. All in one tea prep gadgets may not exactly be all the rage these days but they …

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Teawares as Part of Your Holiday Décor

Teawares as part of Christmas tree ornament designs is fairly well known. Teawares as part of your holiday décor may not be as familiar. “Usefulness” is a true byword for teawares. They are, after all, designed to steep, serve, and drink tea. But, like many useful things, their designs can range from the austere and …

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Tis the Season for Sparkly Teawares

Attention, tea lovers: Not all of the holiday sparkle is on your Christmas tree or in those department store display windows. Some of it is right in your kitchen cupboard or dining room cabinet or wherever you keep your sparkly teawares. What kind of teawares will give you that sparkle? White ones, for a start. …

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