Thursday, April 05, 2007

TAB A, SLOT B


(pots by Gary Rith)
My friend Don is a jeweler and serious tea drinker. I drink tea too, but don't mind bags. Not so our friend Don, it must be leaves, AND therefore none of my usual tea strainers will do. I think I saw once a thing full of holes, intended to be the opposite of the teapot lid--it fits into the pot, holds the leaves, you pour through, then you pull it out after 5-6 minutes steeping. I feel most clever, I have made such an item for this teapot, first try. Note the clever tiny handle for easy removal from the teapot.
Don has not indicated color preference, which is GOOD, because he will therefore get the colors I want him to have, BUT, sadly, there is no call for a pig or dog on this teapot, not even one.

12 comments:

greg said...

very cool idea and most impressed.. especially on this bleary thursday!

keep up the good work duuuude

gr said...

it is a bleary and dreary Thursday, isn't it?

greg said...

and we don't even have any of the snow yet... wind.. clouds..cold and wisps of snow here and there... sounds like a day for a large pot of loose tea-leaf tea! ;)

Anonymous said...

Looks great gary but you may wish to test it.. Loose tea is very tiny until it absorbes water so holes may be a bit largish.

And no, I wouldn't expect an american to know about tea so you would never have suspected. ;)
Gorthos the Mighty

www.gorthos.com

gr said...

well, I know a bit, and I do use loose tea, but (ahem, prefer coffee mostly) this is indeed an experiment.

meno said...

I was wondering if the holes were small enough too. He won't want to meet people with tea leaves stuck in his teeth.

You really couldn't find a place for even one small animal?

gr said...

the glaze fills small holes quite a bit--so it is hard to estimate, but these holes will be nearly closed up

Anonymous said...

Okee dokee Olie. Just trying to help.. sniff sniff..

Gorthos the Fallen

gr said...

I know you were being helpful, but as I say, holes close up a great deal when the glaze is applied. Yes, I could have made them smaller. Let's see how it turns out, shall we?

Gordo The Geek said...

We used to have a lovely Bodum tea pot that had a central strainer like this, Gary. It was fabulous. UNtil I dropped it after taking it out of the dishwasher. Glass really doesn't like to forcefully meet the floor.

gr said...

oh yes, I remember seeing those! Bodum is a pretty smart company, but I think I once saw a ceramic version too.

Gordo The Geek said...

Their website lists a cast-iron one. How cool is that?