Say “Kyusu” (kee-OOO-zoo) and someone might kiss you (or slap your face). But the humble kyusu is a great asset for your tea time, dear humans. Let this little teapot show you how. TOOOT! Continue reading 5 Reasons to Use a Kyusu
Pursuing the enjoyment and knowledge of tea is a real journey, and there are several paths you can follow. There is the European path, the Asian path, the Middle Eastern path, the American path,…
We teapots are essential to your tea time, dear humans, and fortunately for you we come is an astoundingly wide array of styles. We also seem to be a very attractive thing for potters to make. They are drawn to shaping clay into various teapot styles. Some are handmade and others are off an assembly line (actually slip clay poured into molds). Your ever informative teapot buddy (me!) wanted to showcase a couple of the humans who make teapots by hand. Check ‘em out! TOOOT! Continue reading Meet 2 Fab Teapot Makers!
Tis the season for pumpkins, and I, your intrepid tea steeping buddy otherwise known as Little Yellow Teapot, am here to show you how some of my cousin teapots have gone a bit…well, uh…let’s face it, OVERBOARD in their emulation of this fabulous member of the Winter squash family. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Some of My Pumpkin-Shaped Cousins
by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)
Few of you humans know this, but we teapots are a ticklish lot! This truism came to mind one day when I, your fave little teapot, and my gang of teapots here in the kitchen saw a diagram of our basic anatomical structure by the kind folks at A.C. Silver. It’s a handy guide, also, for how to handle your teapot with the least amount of tickling. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Teapots Are Ticklish – Clean with Care!
Tea drinkers often appreciate not just tea but many of the finer things that seem naturally to go with tea time. And items with a bit of sparkle have always been appealing. Continue reading Silvery Sparkly Things for Tea Time
Many people compare their lifespan to other creatures by saying something like “In human years that dog is 50.” Well, having a teapot that is roughly 7 years old but who thinks he’s more like 40 years old, it started me wondering how old I was in terms of the average lifespan of a teapot. Time to get out the calculator to see how things add up. Continue reading How Old Are You in Teapot Years?
Teapot abuse is on the rise. Whether it’s a lovely pink teapot being set out in freezing cold and snow just for a human to take a photo of her, as we showed in this article, or me being gotten up from a deep sleep to steep tea for my humans (as has happened countless times), the trend is growing at an alarming rate. I, your intrepid Little Yellow Teapot and a key poster on this e-zine, have decided that the time for action and the raising of awareness is here. The first thing is to educate you humans on the forms this teapot abuse takes and the signs to watch for. The second thing is to start a world-wide movement to save my cousin teapots from such abuse (not having feet, we teapots need your help to get around to do this). Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: The 7 Signs of Teapot Abuse
A few years back, as editor of a tea vendor’s blog, I presented a 3-part article on yixing teapots. This was based on my experience with some of this type of teapot that were gifted to me by someone selling them on the side (a part-time thing in addition to his full-time job – many tea vendors and sellers of tea-related items have started out this way). Time to do an update. And to share with you some important lessons learned since then. Continue reading Another Look at the World of Yixing Teapots
The internet is the bringer of many things — information at our fingertips (some true, some false, and no good way to tell the difference), and a wealth of products (some good and some that look much better in their photos than in person). Recently, I discovered an Amazon.com “shop” that carries a limited selection of yixing teapots in some fanciful designs. I stress “limited” — we’re talking 1, 2, or 3 of each in stock, and when they sell, that’s it. Continue reading Yixing Teapots