Next is my Shudei Kyusu who was lucky enough to get his own review. Not sure why this teapot is a dude, but he is and he is my dude. I use him for all my Japanese greens now and I certainly can taste a difference, of course that could just be in my head since I am using a fancy teapot, clearly I need a blind taste test. I decided to name this teapot Haru, since all the teas I drink out of him remind me of springtime.
This pretty little pitcher is a new addition to my collection thanks to my mother and Numi Organic Tea Artisan's Tea Blending Kit. I received it as a Christmas gift because she knew I wanted to start blending my own teas and thought it was a good place to start (she is right of course, sometime in the future the whole kit will get its own blog post). I have decided to turn this into a makeshift Chaihai (or Fairness Cup) for when I am brewing Gong Fu style.
BUBBLES! These adorable bubble cups were part of a set of four from DAVIDsTEA that I split with my mother, since we had both been lusting after these style cups for a while. I use them when I want to be really fancy with my Gong Fu brewing, but I am always afraid of popping them. They remind me of something a fairy could be seen sipping out of, so magical and delicate.
I picked this pretty tea bowl up at an antique shop over the summer when I was in Pennsylvania. Turns out it is not antique (I didn't think it was, but it was 50 cents, I couldn't say no) and is maybe as old as I am. What it is though is pretty and delicate. I love the double crane and turtle motifs used.
I got this lovely cast iron teapot and trivet for my birthday from Ben's parents. I really love the rust coloring and morning glory motif, it needs an appropriate name still.
This set has a tragic story, I found the cream and sugar set along with a matching teapot at the thrift store and I was practically ecstatic. I have never owned a matching tea set and was so happy to finally have one, so of course when I got the teapot home and used it I found out it had a huge crack...by it dripping boiling water all over me. I was not amused, but at least I still have the cream and sugar set!
These were an awesome freecycle find, hand painted from Washington, I just loved the Mad Hatter style of these dainty teacups. I plan on having a thematically appropriate tea party at some point using these cups.
This is my beloved pair of Somayaki teacups. Many years ago I had a complete set, sadly this was during a really rough part of my life and I had to sell it for food money and I have missed my set immensely. Luckily I found these two at the local thrift store and about exploded with happy. One day I hope to be wealthy enough to get a complete set again.
I love Edward Gorey, everything he did just makes me so happy, so when I fell in love with these mugs that belonged to Ben's dad, he was kind enough to give them to me last Christmas. I never use them because I am afraid of breaking them (I am really clumsy) but they sit on my shelves for me to enjoy.
This strainer is so delightfully British, and that makes me happy. I use it when I am brewing a pot of tea or when I am wanting to be multicultural with me Gong Fu straining.
Tea with Milk, it used to be the only way I would drink tea oh so long ago. I still drink some of my teas that way, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have had this tea mug for quite a while, it is probably the thing I have owned the longest.
Lastly is the Tea Cat, she is not really a tea tool but I cannot make tea without her. No really, she is always there when I make tea and tries to steal my tea. Occasionally I make her a mug of catnip tea and she enjoys a cup with me. My other cat doesn't like tea much after that one accident that involved her knocking over a hot mug...the Tea with Milk mug actually...onto both her and me. We both recovered with minimal scalding and severe annoyance, but she certainly no longer likes it.