tea design: abby berkson on why teapots are the masterclass for potters

Abby Berkson is a potter out Northampton, MA.   She had a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University; assisted Connie Talbot at High Hollow Pottery for four years before striking off on her own.  Abby has a love of textiles, children’s illustration and has spent lots of time teaching children’s ceramics classes – all of these … Continue reading

growing tea in hawaii: an interveiw with michelle rose at cloudwater tea farm

Michelle Rose started growing tea at Cloudwater Farm near Kilauea on Kauai Island in Hawai’I back in 2002. This tea farm is in an area more know for sugarcane, pineapples and macadamia than for tea, but what’s happening at Cloudwater is really interesting: organic farming, hand rolling and artisan teas. Michelle’s interest in tea started … Continue reading

tea design: cristina espinosa of the heated, san francisco

This tea design interview is with Cristina Espinosa of The Heated, a design studio based out of San Francisco. She has built her business on the philosophy that less is more, and creates neat products with very little waste; designs are printed using water-based, non-toxic ink. Supplies are bought locally whenever possible and packages are … Continue reading

the way of tea: an interview with drew hanson

This is part five in my series of interviews with chanoyu practitioners, This time with Drew Hanson, Urasenke instructor in the United States.  You can read part one of this interview series with Gabrielle Soga Caciula of Belgium here; part two with Morgan Beard of Philly Tea, Philadelphia here, part three with Rebecca Lyn Cragg … Continue reading

starting a tea company with tony gebely of the chicago tea garden

Tony Gebely is the founder of the Chicago Tea Garden; a tea store based out of, you guessed it Chicago. He’s the official US supplier of the New Zealand oolong, Zealong, and he sells the most adorable wild orange pu-erh tea I’ve ever seen.  Tony took some time to answer my questions about setting up a tea company, … Continue reading

guest post: a how to guide to macro tea photography with brandon of wrong fu cha

Brandon’s website, Wrong Fu Cha, is just amazing, especially for someone like me who has a serious love for photography, and tea.  Not only are his photos of tea rooms, and tea tastings just beautiful (& have me lusting after some new teaware!) but there is just so much information tea there too. I’ll be sharing some more … Continue reading

tea design: tea ceramics with megan john in cleveland, ohio

I love tea, I love the leaves and water, but to me tea culture is more than just the leaf, it’s about the artisan teapots and teacups, about the teahouses and the ritual of preparing tea.  In light of that, welcome to a new interview series – this time with some super talented and creative … Continue reading

tea design: teapots and tea bowls from clair at clamlab

I love tea, I love the leaves and water, but to me tea culture is more than just the leaf, it’s about the artisan teapots and teacups, about the teahouses and the ritual of preparing tea. In light of that, welcome to a new interview series – this time with some super talented and creative … Continue reading

sakura treats and trees at the portland japanese garden

  Thanks to Sean Sweeney from The Sustainable Tea Leaf for sending me this beautiful photo from his visit to the Portland Japanese Garden. The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is one of the foremost symbols of Japan. Symbolizing the intense ephemeral nature of life, they bloom en masse once a year for a short … Continue reading

enviable in-store events and a love affair with japanese sencha: james bowman of halcyon tea

I first came across Halcyon Tea a little while ago and have featured one of their beautiful tea-tasting photos before, in this post.  They have so many elements that I really love in a tea store, they run lots of in-store tea events and tastings, they blog and take wonderful, wonderful tea photos. James and … Continue reading

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