March 19, 2015

Favorite Tea Ware - Theresa Wong of T Shop

As a tea drinker, and I am sure this is true for you, I adore teaware, from bombillas to matcha whisks. Everyone has their favorites! This series showcases the favorite teaware of folks in the tea blogging community. Today's faves are from Theresa Wong of T Shop on Elizabeth Street in New York's Nolita neighborhood.

I’m a big fan of gaiwan (a cup with saucer and lid uses for brewing tea) when it comes to making tea. I have more control on the tea when I use gaiwan, and it’s easy to clean so I can switch between teas using the same gaiwan. I have several gaiwans at home, but this one is always my favorite. This is my first gaiwan. Besides of its elegant clean looking, the reason why it’s my favorite teaware is because we’ve been go through a lot of tea moments together. When I first started to learn how to make tea, I started with gaiwan, so this gaiwan has been with me since the beginning of my tea journey. I used it almost everyday to practice making tea. When I went to friend’s house to make tea, I often bring this gaiwan with me. Even when I go out to tea events, sometimes I would use this gaiwan as well. This gaiwan is like my little tea-pal (instead of a teapet).

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This gaiwan travel set is another favorite teaware among my collection. Yes, it’s gaiwan again! This travel set was a gift from a friend; she gave me this set before I went on a vacation years ago. Since then, I bought this set with me most of the time when I travel. Sometimes people I travel with are not tea drinkers, so they felt weird when they saw me bringing my tea and teaware with me even when I travel. However, it usually ended up we would have tea in our hotel room and my friends would ask for tea again in the following days. This set travels with me to different countries and allows me to have tea even when I travel. They are my travel buddies!

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When it comes to favorite teaware, I am not sure how many of us would think of a water bowl. A water bowl might seem less important compare to the other teawares. You can still brew tea even without a water bowl yet the whole tea set up would look more complete and smooth with the existence of a water bowl. This water bowl that I use in T Shop, it’s my love at first sight. I knew I am going to bring it back to New York when I saw this in Taiwan. I didn’t even care who is the potter, or if he’s well known or not, etc. When I first saw the water bowl, it looks so simple and pure to me, yet it has a lot of details in it. It looks slim and simple but when I started using it I was surprised how much water it can hold. Sometimes by just looking at it, it somehow reminds me to create more space for my inner self. Gradually I start seeing crackle marks over glaze in the water bowl; these are really beautiful crackle marks. I started using this water bowl since the opening of T Shop, so the crackle marks in the water bowl also resemble the time marks of T Shop.

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If you have not been to T Shop, I highly recommend it. Theresa is very knowledgeable, the teas are very good, and the tea ware selection is fantastic.

I am happy that Theresa agreed to participate on the Favorite Tea Ware series! All photos and stories courtesy of Theresa.

1 comment :

  1. Great post! I've often admired Theresa's gaiwan and water bowl when I've visited her shop. She really has an eye for minimalist, beautiful teaware. I find myself picking up new gear almost every time I'm there.


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