The French quote above translates as “May all who enter as guests, leave as friends”. So, welcome to The Teapot site. The teapot site is all about tea, teapots, fine china, recipes for afternoon or high tea and much more. Pop the kettle on and let’s become friends over a piping hot cup of tea.

I have always loved Tea. My first memory of Tea comes to mind when, as a young girl, my parents would call out from the garden to ask me to ‘put the kettle on’. Since those early years, tea has been a much loved beverage and I never start the day without first thing, putting the kettle on. The refreshment, the upliftment to the spirit that tea creates and the vitality it brings is one of the reasons I find Tea so appealing- there are many more.

For centuries tea drinking has been steeped in a rich history spanning many cultures across the world. The traditions, customs, and rituals that accompany tea drinking are interesting and fascinating.

A cup of tea can calm, invigorate, refresh, enliven, quench one’s thirst, and give you strength. I love drinking tea in elegant fine china cups, the tea hot with a dash of milk and no sugar. Every tea drinker has their own particular, favourite way of enjoying tea.

Tea is much more than a drink it’s an opportunity for friendship, to chat over a cuppa or equally delightful enjoyed in a quiet moment of solitude. Perhaps a quick break at work or a leisurely moment in the garden. These seemingly opposite aspects of the enjoyment of tea make Tea a gentle ritual loved the world over by a wide and diverse number of people.

There are many charming ways to serve and drink tea. Delicate, fine bone china teacups and saucers, porcelain or china and silver teapots, silver trays, fine linens and flatware. Throughout the design periods of history, the great houses of fine porcelain and silversmiths made exquisite cups, saucers, and teapots adding to the tapestry of tea culture. From Victorian, and Edwardian Tea salons, and drawing rooms to the Arts and Craft movement, the Art Deco period, the Bauhaus and designer Walter Gropius, whose stunning Teapot designs are very much sought after today. Designers have been inspired throughout history to make the best teaware for the art of Tea drinking.

The Oriental ceramic teaware both ancient and modern provides beautiful design, and history to tea drinking. There is a diversity of cultures involved in the early history of tea that impacts how we enjoy tea today and the Japanese culture was instrumental in the development of the ritual of Tea drinking. It is the Japanese we owe for the discovery of tea so long ago.

The teapot site will have stories of tea and teapots; the art, the charm, the history, the rituals and the fun of drinking tea whether from the campsite, caravan or picnic to a cuppa at work. An elaborate High Tea, a quick cuppa first thing in the morning, an afternoon chat with friends over tea and background to a long afternoon sharing a confidence, or anywhere else in between. You can always stop to savour tea. I hope you will join me and have a read with your next cup of tea.

Content Di Baker 2020

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