We are mad tea lovers here and we were curious to learn about Ann’s inspiration behind using tea in her jewellery.
In an exclusive chat with Love for tea, Ann tells us how she has always had a love affair with tea and has an entire pantry full of teas. “I think of tea as a travel vessel for the mind and soul”, she adds. “As I sip a cup of tea, I like to think about where the tea comes from, what the climate was like there, the people who harvest the tea, the journey the tea made to shops where I buy it from”. Her favorite section in any guide book is the local tea shop or the tea house.
Ann Mierisch is a German born photographer and an artisan jeweller based in Los Angeles. Her unique line of artisan jewellery is inspired by tea, nature, travel, Paris, animals and beautiful things found all around the world. Her wish to tell a story and inspire a conversation, is nurtured beautifully in her handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces.
“So it was inevitable that I would attempt to create jewellery out of tea. I was at my local tea shop when the purveyor spilled some tea on the counter and landed in this interesting pattern. Something sparked in me and I ran home to try to recreate what I saw on the counter at the tea shop. Through much trial and error Tea-Lace Jewellery was born.”
Ann uses finest premium loose leaf teas to create her pieces. Each piece is handcrafted with fine attention to detail. We adore her sincerity towards her form of expression, her selection of teas, her craftsmanship and imagination – which together create magic in every single piece.
Ann hopes to open a store in the coming year, but for now has an online shop, which we highly recommend you to check. We thank her for the kind gesture and considering our readers with a special discount. Use code LOVETEA on your first purchase to avail the offer.
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Tutticonfetti was born in early 2012 with little clothing and uncertain destination, very simple characters, with a limited color gamut and a vintage touch. We love their portrayal of absurd situations, but behind each one of them there is a reflection or dialogue that tries to unravel the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of some things and the absurdity of others with a cup of tea.
Love for Tea presents “An Affair With Flowering Tea”, our first video, where we see the chemistry between tea and water. The union of two creates magic in the teapot. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did creating it for you. Share it if you love it.
Silver Teacup and Saucer
Oomersi Mawji (O.M.), ca. 1860, Bhuj, Kutch, India
Saucer, 1 in. h x 5 3/8 in. diam. (2.54 x 13.65 cm)
Cup 2 5/8 in. h x 4 in. l x 3 ¼ in. diam. (6.7 cm tall x 10.16 long x 8.25 diam)
Set Weight: 9 oz. (255 grams)
This exquisite silver piece can only lead one to try to imagine it’s romantic history. The two pieces are a matched teacup and saucer, by the renowned Kutch silversmith Oomersi Mawji, and bearing his stylized coriander-leaves-and-flowers motif. Each piece is inscribed “E.B. Lover,” the cup on its side, emblazoned on a ribbon; the saucer around its center, where the cup would rest.
But Oomersi Mawji, who certainly made many teapots, knew well that a hot liquid in a silver cup would render the cup handle impossible to be held in one’s fingers. It appears then that the teacup and saucer was perhaps never intended for holding tea, but that the form was rather only fanciful, perhaps meant to hold a small bouquet of flowers on a breakfast tray, or to convey some particular allusion. And what of the inscription, “E. B. Lover”? Is it simply the name of someone it was presented to as a gift? Or does “lover “ signify something else altogether? Time has its secrets.
Harish K. Patel
Harish K. Patel has been collecting Indian classical art for more than twenty years. His silver collection from India dates from the Raj Period, some of it made by local Indian silversmiths, some by British Colonials. The collection includes the work of Orr and Hamilton, as well as Oomersi Mawji, Dass & Dutt, and others, in the regions of Kutch, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kashmir, and Rajasthan.
Rare Chinese Teapots, beautifully pictured by Thomas Burke. We love the way, the background and the teapots compliment each other, in every shot. I wish to collect these pots and have them in my collection some day.