Tuesday, February 2, 2016
ALCHEMIST TEA VESSEL
Alchemist Tea Vessel
Sold. Thank you Lisa!!
The 'Alchemist' is the name I have given to the first of my new series for 2016. Here you see my new tea vessel. Her eyes tell all. She is mysterious, mesmerizing and spellbinding. I can visualize a personal tea ceremony or one as described below.
Old Lock Used As Part of Lid
Enchantment found it’s way to the table where the Goddess Ceremonial Tea Vessel was placed. Three friends were drawn to help initiate a healing. The pungent herbal aroma from the mysterious vessel containing the special roots and herbs chosen fresh from the garden permeated the air. The elixir was steeped to perfection and the cups were filed. Each Goddess inhaled the scent of the tisanes which opened their sensory perception as they gazed at the fascinating original clay Goddess face that was sculpted into the vessel. All were oblivious to their surroundings and time was lost to antiquity as they partook of this special potion, all the while awaiting for the magic to unfold.
Back of Vessel
My tea vessels are each an original. I hand sculpt them using stoneware clay. The Goddess faces are sculpted in the bas-relief method. I used a lead free glaze on each vessel. The Alchemist is approx 10” wide by 5” deep by 7 high including the lid top. I used an old door lock with an ancient brass key for the lid. The glaze is a rich copper/teal/turquoise. It's hard to describe the color but the picture is accurate. . About 4 cups of tea can be brewed and I made the spout drip proof. I have priced her at $125. A lot of work was involved and I think whoever owns her will consider her a treasure. If you are interested in purchasing, I take peronal checks or Paypal. Just e-mail me and we can go from there.
To brew tea:
The best way to brew tea for vessel is to place cold water in another microwavable container. Heat water and then pour into vessel in which either tea bags or a tea strainer or tea ball has been placed. Place lid back on and allow to steep for 5 minutes or so. Serve. (Be sure to hold the lid as you pour the tea.)
Care of Tea Vessel:
Because of the various embellishments placed into the vessel, it is best not to place in dishwasher or microwave but instead use the tea vessel to steep and serve. I have used lead free glaze on the interior of each pot so that it is safe to drink the tea and after finishing, running hot water inside the pot releasing any tea having lodged there is all that is needed to keep sanitary.