This green tea from Anhui is one of China’s ten most famous teas. Its reputation comes from a very specific plucking, where only mature leaves are taken from the trees and the buds left in place. Heated in steel woks and flattened with bamboo brushes, the leaves take on a bluish tint that really highlights this great style.
Cup from Catherine De Abreu | Méduse
Laval ceramist Catherine De Abreu advocates a contemporary approach to the objects she creates. As she prepares her ceramic's third firing, the artist lays out laser decals that will add her object's undeniable signature: the jellyfish. Why this creature? "There is no specific reason ... I find this marine specimen fascinating, it's seducing simply by its beauty."
The final result, as a whole, feels quite organic thanks to the contrast of the material and random application of jellyfishes, but also by the sharp visual precision of the grey and white.
The craftsmanship behind these cups is what makes them unique as the colour gradient and intensity varies from one object to the other. Think of it as the yardstick of what handmade looks like.
Diameter: 7 cm
Height: 7 cm