We would like to extend a great big thank you to Schatz Window Washing for sponsoring an article about Elite Repeat on Stillwater’s Community Connection web site. What a pleasant surprise to find a very well-written article and beautiful photos taken last week at the shop–all through the generosity of the folks at Schatz Window Washing. We’re including links to both web sites on our blog roll located on the right margin of this page. Check them out!
There is no argument to be made. Tea tastes better from a china cup than it does from a mug. End of discussion.
In the 1300s, the bubonic plague swept through Europe killing millions of people. In the late 1400s, little flies swarmed Central Europe during the summers. To improve food sanitation conditions and allay fears of the return of the Black Death, some principalities in what is now Germany passed laws that required all food and beverage containers to be covered. A hinged lid with a thumb lift was added to the humble mug and an icon was born. Stoneware steins with pewter lids caught on and are still popular today.
Nestled in the center of Bulgaria, in the foothills of the Balkan mountain range, is the small town of Troyan, a center for artisan pottery since the middle of the 1800s when the distinctive Troyan style began to take shape. The red clay of the area is particularly well-suited for pottery, and the local craftswomen who painted the pottery each developed their own signature designs.
Troyan style pottery is considered to be a true Bulgarian craft. Pieces are difficult to find in the US and tend to be pricey, but it is so worth the splurge. In this vintage tea set the blue, yellow, black and white were painted on and then smeared to achieve the ripple and peacock effect. Once the piece is fired, the glaze transforms into a high gloss with clarity and depth rarely seen in other pottery.