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More than 130 articles showcasing visual arts, design, and aesthetics of tea

Tea times two

Tea times two

Along with Oscar Wilde, I am a firm believer that “Nothing succeeds like excess.” While it is doubtful that he was referring to the imbibing of tea, or cake, for that matter, I like to believe that he was.

Convenience over everything?

Convenience over everything?

My husband and I were reading a foodservice survey done about a major coffee chain which concluded that consumers valued taste, cleanliness, and convenience almost equally.

My favorite teahouse

My favorite teahouse

I’m always on the lookout for the quintessential tea house. For me, it would be in nature as my relationship with tea speaks to its natural elements.

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings first produced and popularized in the eighteenth century.

The World of Tea wins at World Tea Awards

The World of Tea wins at World Tea Awards

For over a month, the staff at T Ching has been walking on air with anticipation! With T Ching having been nominated as one of the top tea blogs for consideration at the World Tea Awards event held on Friday, May 30, we were giddy with excitement.

The wrap dress as a metaphor for tea

The wrap dress as a metaphor for tea

At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Wrap 40 Exhibit, 200 mannequins contend in a pageant of one-piece garments that vary not only in fabric pattern and color, but also in sleeve length, collar style, trim, in whatever alteration that can be incorporated in the iconic wrap dress!

Cast iron teapots

Cast iron teapots

A few years ago I attended a dinner party given by a reputable cookware manufacturer’s dealer, who didn’t like to be called a consultant.

Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Could it be true? I started writing for T Ching in 2009? Time flies! And life moves on. It made me wonder about some of the companies and tea entrepreneurs I have written about over the years and where they are now.

Summer in winter

Summer in winter

Sitting in 82 degree heat in Los Angeles at this time of year, my thoughts turn to iced tea. Not just any iced tea, mind you, but one that is carbonated at home.

On the subject of glass tea thermoses

On the subject of glass tea thermoses

Warm, visible, untainted tea on the go; once impossible, now impractical. Since the beginning of tea, mankind has made many advances in the area of boiling-liquid containment.

The Grenada tea scene

The Grenada tea scene

I arrived in Granada, Spain 10 days ago. I think I’m falling in love. The city is charming and vibrant with warm, friendly people. Although my Spanish language skills are nearly non existent, my husband gets by quite well.

More morphine than tea, but still worth the visit

More morphine than tea, but still worth the visit

Assuming that the prominence of the word “tea” in the title of the Hammer Museum’s new exhibition, Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880 to 1914, suggests that it is given equal weight in this installation would be a mistake…

Your favorite tea blog?

Your favorite tea blog?

What is your favorite tea blog? Of course, I hope it is T Ching, but when a winter storm pinned me at my rural home for eight days, I had the chance to investigate some of the tea blogs – and variations thereof – promoting tea, glorious tea!

Bone China

Bone China

Merchandise, none other than teas and bone china ware filled the gift shop at the Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit on the Queen Mary.

Tea ceremonies in the western hemisphere

Tea ceremonies in the western hemisphere

This week at T-Ching, we are examining the tea ceremony. Monday’s post by Lisa Dong examined the aspect of romance in the ceremony. On Tuesday, Derek Chew provided an analysis of the tea ceremony as an inclusion into the wedding ceremony.

Tea Dyeing & Staining

Tea Dyeing & Staining

The mystery novel the The English Breakfast Murder contains a one-page instruction on tea dyeing. To achieve the color of pale yellow, it suggests the use of peppermint tea.

Modern Taiwanese teaware

Modern Taiwanese teaware

Seldom have I enjoyed a tea-related exhibit as much as the Colors of Tea: Taiwanese Teaware and Tea Settings at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

What is artisan about artisan tea?

What is artisan about artisan tea?

As people interested in premium teas, we have all been exposed to the term “artisan” used in many contexts. This begs the question as to, what actually defines a tea as being artisan?

Dirty little (tea) secrets

Dirty little (tea) secrets

To your friends you are known as a ‘tea person.’ You are serious about tea you select and you steep with care. But, within the quiet confines of your kitchen countertop there lurks a dirty secret…how clean is your brewing accoutrement?

A tea party in a shark tank

A tea party in a shark tank

Entrepreneurs find each other, maybe especially tea entrepreneurs, be it on Twitter, blogs…they just do. There is a Facebook page for people who have been on the TV show Shark Tank.

Two Japanese Gardens in Northern California

Two Japanese Gardens in Northern California

Soon after completing my post, Depictions of Tea in Art, last November, in which I mentioned my favorite painter, Johannes Vermeer, I resumed my journey examining this Dutch master’s work up close and in person…

Tea as inspiration

Tea as inspiration

Last year I was inspired to design a set of symbols to commemorate Japanese culture in New York and the 100th anniversary of Japan’s donation of cherry trees to the United States. One of the symbols I designed was a…

Blend and brew

Blend and brew

Drawing a simple stick figure is the extent of my artistic abilities. Honestly, even that might be stretching it. It’s not really a problem as I am more than willing to accept my lack of artistic ability. But every once in a while, I’ll…

An old friend gets a new purpose

An old friend gets a new purpose

I am a strong advocate for using handmade teaware in my daily tea ritual. I believe that when I interact with art on such a personal level, it has a way of touching my soul. Over the years, I’ve collected some beautiful tea cups…

Recycled packaging in a material world

Recycled packaging in a material world

Sustainable packaging in the tea world is still in its infancy. I see examples of it from various purveyors and companies, but few and far between. If you are a big tea company, you can probably invest in compostable…

The travelling tea sketcher

The travelling tea sketcher

I first got to know Liz Steel last year when she dropped me a note asking about Singapore teahouses after visiting my tea blog. Upon visiting her website, I discovered a treasure trove of beautiful, intricate sketches capturing her life…

Tea toys and collectibles

Tea toys and collectibles

My recent volunteer experience at a toy drive heightened both my curiosity and disenchantment with the world of toy making. Dire financial times hinder charitable giving on all fronts. After just an hour of orders…

An online contemporary teapot exhibit

An online contemporary teapot exhibit

In many Asian countries, the annual ritual of spring cleaning is carried out during the Lunar New Year holiday. After moving to the States, my family found Thanksgiving weekend most suitable for observing this tradition…

Depictions of tea in art

Depictions of tea in art

Recently, seven paintings were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, including works by Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), and Paul Gauguin…

When it comes to Song porcelain

When it comes to Song porcelain

Last weekend, I went to an exhibition entitled “The Multiplicity of Simplicity: Monochrome Wares from the Song to the Yuan Dynasties,” which took place at the University Museum and Art…

West Coast Teapots 2012

West Coast Teapots 2012

Most tea drinkers are aware of the beauty surrounding tea. From photographs of tea plantations to the often whimsical names given to the end product – and all the pots, cups, scoops, and tables…