Tuesday, January 7, 2014
My husband bought me this beautiful new tea tray for Christmas.
I loved my old tea tray, but it had one ultimately fatal flaw: a wooden base. I didn’t realize this would be an issue until the day I found water/tea all over the table and the floor. After years of use, the wooden base that held excess water/tea had eroded along the cracks and finally broke completely through. I didn’t leave water in the base for too long after each tea session, so I was rather surprised this happened.
I spent months thinking I was going to fix my beloved tea tray, but that never happened. I couldn’t find a wood glue that would sustain boiling water temperatures without giving off a horrible aroma. Without the use of a tea tray, making tea, especially with a gaiwan, was a bit of a hassle. Therefore, almost without realizing it, I had stopped using gaiwans and yixing pots altogether. My tea sessions were not as fun as they used to be and I started to lose interest.
All of these realizations came to light when I set up my new tea tray, dusted off all of my tea ware, and made a delicious cup of sencha using my favorite gaiwan and tasting cups. Not only does this tea tray have a plastic bottom base for catching the water (which won’t erode), but it is slightly bigger that my old tea tray (which means more room for my tea ware).
I can’t wait to make more tea, take more pictures, and write more about this previously neglected hobby.
Posted by Brittiny at 4:33 PM