" RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD ", as the garden drinks up the much needed droplets of water that is quenching it's thirst ... I'm just sitting here humming that old song and trying to decide what to pack for my trip to Vancouver. My mother-in-law will be celebrating her 98th birthday soon.
Sweet Peggy is rising to the occasion, setting a goal for herself to be able to attend a Chinese supper out of her hospital room, where she is recuperating from a broken pelvis, poor dear ... However, she wants to make the effort, so we
are accommodating her wishes.
all of you lovely ladies.... WELCOME.
Throughout the years, I have visited many Asian pottery areas that have been in existence, for over 500 years ... It is so enlightening, to experience and realize the artistry and history of Japanese folk arts and crafts.
There is nothing particularly special about today's tea set except, the pretty motif, the colour black, the fluted pedestal on the bottom of the cup and ... of course, the the price tag ... five dollars !!!!
" WAIT A MINUTE "
That's a whole lot of special ( ha ha)...
plus, it has an extra wide mouth, which means,
tea,in the teacup.
The teapot is another matter ... It was found in a dusty old, broken down store, at the side of the road, laying on a earthen floor, amongst a myriad of other vintage piece ... each unique, different and with a history. I think, it was the glimmer of gold gilding that caught my eye, as the dust on it was at least two inches thick ... Once, I got it home, I realized, that it was a handpainted, Satsuma Moriage teapot.
Moriage is a term used to describe the fine and delicate layering or placing of clay pieces of pottery. The type of clay that is used for this method is known as 'slip' and is thicker and stickier that the clay used for the actual item.
Centuries ago,the Japanese potters were enthused with this method and used it to create many brilliant designs. This beautiful technique and method of decorating, is now used extensively, all over the world... however the vintage pieces are most lovely.
These raised areas add to the overall design, making them more decorative and unique compared to just a painted piece of pottery. The combination of hand painted designs, moriage and beading make some of the Satsuma pieces very collectible and valuable. One must be so careful when washing a teapot or pottery with this type of decoration, as over time it could be easily damaged.
TODAY, I'm sharing teatime with:
Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
Ruth : Antiques and Teacups
Bernideen's Teatime Blog