curlew teacup in her "Birdartist's" shop on Etsy.com was one of the most beautiful pieces of ceramic work I'd ever seen. To me, it's a bird sculpture that happens to be a cup, not a cup that looks like a bird. So does that make it a fine or decorative art piece? From a personal perspective I feel like it's a bit of both.
Kristin described her teacup this way:
"This graceful teacup features the head of a curlew, a type of shorebird known for its long, down curving bill which it uses to probe in the mud and sand..."
...They really are special, whether bought singly or as a pair. Each has been made individually, not cast or press molded. Each has its own unique charm, differing slightly in color, shape, and proportion, but still matching nicely with the other and coordinating well with the teapot.
Breville Electric Tea Maker for Christmas! It has 5 preset water temperature settings for different types of teas and 3 preset steeping time options. Best of all there is a custom option where you can choose both the water temperature and the steeping time which is what I've been using to make my favorite Ryokucha tea.
As I enjoyed my first cup of perfectly brewed tea I decided, if they were still there, I should purchase the curlew teapot and teacups. I went online and was pretty stoked that they were still available! Kristin sent them promptly and packed them really well! And when I say really well, I mean REALLY WELL!
The cup handles and the spout of the teapot were also padded with extra foam. I was quite shocked at how much time and care she used to pack each piece.
And it worked. They arrived from the east to west coast in perfect condition!
The cups were much larger than I had anticipated which was great. I thought I'd have to refill them frequently because I'd envisioned them being about half the size they turned out to be.
I'm thrilled to be a new collector of Kristin's work. The curlews have found a very happy home and I will treasure them always :)