Time to take my tea pets out for a little summer air............
Speckled Pig - Just pour tea on her and she will squirt it right back at you.
Piggy - Does any one know the meaning of the Mandarin symbol?
Blue Eyed Frog - Made in Peru out of marble stone.
Frog On Rock
Snail Beauty - Handmade by Jo Ani Johnson/A Gift of Tea
Lu Yu - Known as a tea saint and author of the first famous tea book "The Classic of Tea". The combination of clay and crackleware ceramics is stunning!
Some of you may be saying "What's the deal with tea pets?" Let's just say it's just one more accessory a die-hard tea lover needs to have, especially if they enjoy drinking tea Gong Fu style.
Tea pets are generally handmade out of unglazed Yixing clay from China. They can symbolize many things like good health, happiness, wisdom, etc. Raising a tea pet is similar to caring for Yixing clay teapots. Leftover tea is pour over the pet and a tea brush is sometimes used to help the clay absorb the tea evenly. Over an extended period of time, the tea pet will absorb the tea and its appearance will become glossier and pick up the aroma of the tea it has been seasoned with.
I will admit not all of my tea pets are made of clay, but when it comes to tea, I like to "mix up the teapot" a little. Purchase what inspires you and take your pets along for the tea journey!