tea cups – old and new
In this essay, we present pictures of tea cups acquired over the years. Most of these were purchased many years ago in the mid and late 1980s. Collecting tea cups is an inexpensive hobby as well as a low tech one. Many of these cups have a simple beauty about them.
There is also a certain zen like quality to our amateur photography when we snap the shots without caring how they turn out. What we mean is that we do not try to force the shots nor try too hard for success (or perfection) with them. (Fault me if these do not excite you. I took each of these pictures.) As well, the i-phone camera does seem to introduce some distortion into some of the pictures (in some pics, the shapes of the cups are a bit distorted). When I was taking still shots of scenery in national and state parks in the 1980s and 1990s using a Minolta and then a Canon camera with either Kodak or Fuji films, we did not see such distortions.
Let’s start with some very old style examples. These 2 cups following were found in a thrift store in the 1980s. Delicate and fragile, these are not used for tea drinking.
We can see that the flower design continues on the other side of the cup.
Now, the second “antique” cup. Here is one side.
Now, we see the reverse side with its design visible. A sharper, crisper photo.
Another close up view.
Before presenting examples of other tea cups, we offer this image of both cups.
Now, to a beautiful pair of cups made in Japan. These were also “discovered” in a thrift store (St. Vincent de Paul to be exact) in the 1980s. These cups have thicker walls than the antique cups above and can be used for a simple tea ceremony in the home.
Here, we show that the color is only on one side of each cup.
A pair of store bought (new), odd shaped cups.
More colorful cups. Very beautiful.
Another artistic pair of cups. Beautiful, yet also functional. The cobalt blue color reminds one of the Ming dynasty vases.
Another shot with a different approach. We do not know why we did this one.
This next olive colored item baffles us. We are not sure if it is a small cup or a small bowl. It might be used for sauces (and thus dipping or pouring) at the dinner table.
This next cup, found in a thrift store (you never know what you will find!), is unusual. Even though at the angle I was shooting (squatting down somewhat) I may have shaken the camera slightly, one can see this painted design was made to give the impression of motion.
Let us see some roses! Can you guess what type of store these were found in? (wink) These seem not to be ceramic, but may be glass cups with a relatively thin wall.
One more. The colorful image is only on one side of the cup.
Now, for the shots that were the most fun to take. Do you approve?
Another fun shot.
A different perspective.
These four cups are fun to work with. They are the most co-operative models!
Each with its own unique personality.
Another unique view.
And, to close this pictorial essay . . . .
Care to like this essay? We did put some time and effort into it.