But first, tea

Last week I went to the opening of the 15th biennial tea pot exhibit at Craft Alliance, called Interpretations 2016. It was comprised of roughly 50 hand made teapots, created by local and national artists alike. My first question to Craft Alliance Executive Director, Boo McGloughlin was “Why the Teapot?” The answer: the teapot’s historical significance makes it an interesting subject for artists…a history that eschews cultures and social boundaries. It’s rooted in conversation and camaraderie, dating back to the Sung Dynasty in China roughly 500 years ago (yes, drinking tea is a much older tradition, but the actual tea pot came about later). The teapots are on display until March 20th at the Craft Alliance Delmar Loop location. Some teapots were made specifically for the show, the only constraint to enter was that the tea pot must have a handle, spout and a body that could hold volume. They don’t have to be functional, although a handful of them are.  If you’re local, it’s worth checking out. And because I know a lot of my readers are moms, I’d recommend going on Feb 28th, when you can see the exhibit and then create and decorate a 3D tea pot with your kids. It’s free, from 2-4 pm and for ages 5 and up.

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