I'm working on props for the musical, Walt, about Walt Whitman, and there is a scene where the director is thinking the ladies will be having a little gossip (singing of course) while stage business will be sipping from tea cups. This has got me thinking about making cups and saucers. My pal Susan Wells makes what I think is the prettiest tea cup ever. I bought this one from her several years ago when we first met. It is an old friend. I remember when I first got it, I would sit on the porch in my grandmother's swing every afternoon and have tea in this cup. Newer cups came along and I got crushes on them, and this cup, though well loved, went to the back of the cupboard for awhile. I got it back out now that I have these amazing new teas, and I am enjoying it once again. The handle is rough and stained with iron oxide. At first I wasn't sure that I liked that, but after awhile, I started to really enjoy the tactile nature of the handle, it reminded me that it was not a factory made cup, but made by the hands of a good friend, and now it is a comforting feeling that I look forward to when I use this cup.
For some reason, I like coffee in a mug, tea in a cup. It just feels right.
This is another old friend. I made it a few years back when I had semi access to the ^10 reduction firings at Claymakers. It is probably the best mug I ever made. Brandon Phillips made a couple of tutorials for me when I was struggling with making handles and mugs and this is what came from those tutorials. Ahh the good old days before facebook..... sigh.....
This is my new coconut chai tea, pretty with my old mug isn't it? I think I will go have a cup right now! Bloggers seem to have tea on the brain today, after I wrote this I saw several blog posts about tea pots and tea. I think it's that time of year. I'm tired of the seasonal ciders and hot chocolates but I still need a warm beverage that tastes like winter. It's a good time to be selling teapots, but I won't be making them!