Teacups And Spoons

3 Feb
Four stages in making a moulded porcelain teacup. Photos by Esther Ley.

Busy Busy Busy

February is going to be a busy month for the final few weeks of my arts residency in the Waun Wen area of the city. One of the things that’s happening is a series of free ceramics sessions by the talented Swansea potter Esther Ley to make a porcelain teacup and spoon with local residents at the Waun Wen and Brynmelyn Community Centre.

Four stages in making a moulded porcelain cup handle. Photos by Esther Ley.

The History Of Tea in Britain

It started out as a very posh drink, tea caddies were locked to stop servants from nicking it. But the price fell because of smuggling and slavery and it became cheap enough for working class people to afford it. One of the advantages is that it’s made with boiled water, which made it a very safe drink throughout the 18th and 19th centuries when water was filthy and full of germs. You can read more about it if you click on the images below.

Posh Or Common?

Do you put your milk in first or are you a milk in last person? One of these is supposed to be posh and one is common. Click on the images above to find out why. If you fancy coming to one of the pottery sessions, there are a few places left for people who live in or near Waun Wen. Message me, but hurry up, they’re going fast ….

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

6 Responses to “Teacups And Spoons”

  1. Alli Farkas February 4, 2022 at 20:36 #

    Interesting history! I put milk in last, only because I can judge how much I want by the change in color of the tea.

    • Rosie Scribblah February 4, 2022 at 22:22 #

      When I used to have milk in tea, I always out it in last for that reason too…

  2. Leonie Andrews February 4, 2022 at 08:41 #

    Duh ‘couth’ obviously autocorrect is not.

  3. Leonie Andrews February 4, 2022 at 08:40 #

    I think I’m awfully common because my milk goes in first. And I drink buckets of tea all day long. The only couch thing about me and tea is that we are leaf tea drinkers.😄

    • Rosie Scribblah February 4, 2022 at 13:40 #

      LOL 😀 I don’t drink tea with milk so I must be classless 😉


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