Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month?
I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate the first tea post of the new year.
There is a nice article at About.com on tea and celebrating hot tea month.
To celebrate even more, I'm sharing a tea cup with a story.
This cup belonged to my godchildren's grandmother.
It came into her hands while she was living in India and was probably purchased
from a Chinese trader. The silk road was still going strong in the 1940's and 50's.
This cup is at least as old as I am!
It is porcelain and is the rice pattern, but not the standard blue and white rice pattern
that is common today.
Look at the gold edges on the cup and saucer.
The gold on the dragon and around the lovely red flowers.
Finally, the rice pattern.
The quintessential Chinese dinnerware, Rice Pattern, is named as such for the grains of rice that were embedded in the clay before firing. The intense heat in the kiln destroys the grains and leaves a little translucent "porcelain window" in the final form. This style of dinnerware has been produced in china since at least 960, during the Song Dynasty.
A very special gift that I will treasure.
Happy Tea Day!