Good Day, friends…
Remember those old adages, “Beauty’s only skin deep,” or “You can’t judge a book by its cover” ? Well, I learned they were also true when it came to ceramic pretties, such as the one above.
Many years ago I worked part time in a quaint little gift shop. The owner had some very pretty items there, including that sweet child’s Nippon tea set I showed back on February 1st, 2011. I didn’t know all that much about ceramics at the time. I thought that if it went through a firing and was made to drink hot beverages out of then it must be a hardy piece. Well, I learned that wasn’t always the case.
When I saw this set I was head over heals. It’s so pretty and cheery, and I just had to have it. But it’s one of those ceramic pieces very popular today, but doesn’t hold up very well to the heat.
I’ve learned the feel and sound of this type of ceramic. If you give it a tap with your fingers you can almost hear a slight hollow sound. That’s usually a clue to me that though the piece is pretty it most likely won’t last long.
This cup can be stored on top of the teapot. And see the pretty matching saucer? (If you click on the cup photo you will see the crack inside the cup).
The teapot is so pretty with the roses and stems, and the little cup is a most dainty thing with roses on the handle. I think you can see why I fell in love with it. But, alas, both cups have suffered extreme cracks within, so are no longer useful for drinking. And the red plaid cup has also suffered some chipping damage.
Made by Paper Windows, I was very disappointed that I only got to use them a few times before the damage was evident.
The teapot doesn’t seem to have any cracks, but I think I’ll use it for a flower vase only, and save my teatime for real teapots. These were just so pretty that I wanted to share them.
I have since then bought a couple of sweet Valentine mugs at a grocery store some years back, but their ceramic makeup is the same, and one of them cracked. So I’ve learned to stay away from certain types of ceramics. Has anyone had similar problems?
Today I am joining Teacup Tuesday with Terri, and Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi. Come and join the fun. Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane. You are always welcome.
Don’t forget to check out this post: Helping People Help People
Until next time, may happy days abound!