How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”

I'm most definitely not a Marie Kondo-type of person. Many—many—things bring me joy, or, often, too much guilt to allow me to discard (kids' artwork). But am I a collector? For most of my life I would've said no. I pick up whatever I find particularly appealing and within my means but I've rarely sought out … Continue reading How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector”

Brass Teapots from India

Having looked into my metal Moroccan teapot (previous post), I next pulled out some pieces from India, believing that I could discover some interesting info about them. Not so much, or, at least not in the way that I expected. Teapot (for sure, or pretty for sure) The bottom of this teapot is stamped "INDIA … Continue reading Brass Teapots from India

My Moroccan Teapot: Graceful and Functional, but Is It Safe?

As probably all of us have been discovering, staying at home brings some unforeseen minor inconveniences. We dismiss them as petty, especially in light of those who are currently working so hard to ensure we still have groceries and garbage pickup and emergency furnace repair and health care despite an overburdened system. But for those … Continue reading My Moroccan Teapot: Graceful and Functional, but Is It Safe?

Chinese Oolong Tea—Compressed into a Cube!

A new teapot deserves a new tea so when my daughter brought over her latest thrift store find, an engaging porcelain teapot and cup set, we went through my stash to find a suitable tea.We settled on an unopened sample of Chinese Zhang Ping Shui Xian Oolong Tea Fragrant Orchid Grade One, produced in Fujian Province, … Continue reading Chinese Oolong Tea—Compressed into a Cube!

When a Teapot Is Not a Teapot

Assumptions drive our lives. Some have little bearing on our day-to-day lives, Neanderthals were dumb. whereas others can have a huge, potentially life-altering, impact, The water from our taps is safe. while yet others might actually shape history in odd ways. These are teapots. But Neanderthals were NOT dumb, the water from our taps may … Continue reading When a Teapot Is Not a Teapot

Why You Should Choose Your Teacup Carefully

When you reach for a teacup, do you ever have to think about it? If you're a somewhat tea-obsessed individual, yeah, you get this, and you may have joined me in pausing and deliberating. Aesthetics or just functionality? Match teacups to teapot? Or teacup to tea type? Serving guests or no? Drinking mindfully or absentmindedly? … Continue reading Why You Should Choose Your Teacup Carefully

Tea on the Road: The Tea Cart

Having left the Japanese teahouse and garden (see previous post) at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, we continued on through rose, Italian, blue and white, pansy, moonlight, and old fashioned gardens to the mansion part of the estate. As mentioned in my last post, this 1886 Queen Anne-style building was a summer home for New York … Continue reading Tea on the Road: The Tea Cart

Enjoying Tea at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

If you live in Ann Arbor, you probably fall into one of two camps: the fully-embrace-love-love-love the Art Fairs or the avoid-it-at-all-costs. The latter is rather more difficult to do because this isn't just an art fair: it's a four-day marathon of four art fairs that spread amoeba-like across our city, consuming everything in their … Continue reading Enjoying Tea at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

From Drainpipes to Teacups, and the Making of “Royal” Companies

With a royal wedding just around the corner, time to break out the royal tea ware—as in Royal Chelsea, Royal Chintz, and Royal Doulton! So how royal are these? Well, although my Royal Doulton teacup and saucer are a fairly recent 1973 according to the makers mark, the Doulton name goes back two hundred years, with … Continue reading From Drainpipes to Teacups, and the Making of “Royal” Companies

A Rare, and Royal, Teapot

With the upcoming nuptials in England, there's been much speculation about wedding attire and appropriate gifts. Since my invitation was clearly lost in the mail, it seems that the closest I will ever be to the Queen of England is, well, an ocean away. But I did see the twin of a teapot that she … Continue reading A Rare, and Royal, Teapot