As a mom, when I hear the word “tea time” I typically think of sitting at a tiny table with little princesses and stuffed bears, clinking our cups together over and over again. But I’m here to remind you that tea time can be a very special time for moms as well, when they can enjoy some peace and quiet over a soothing drink. There is something special about wrapping your hands around a warm mug, and having your own tea time allows you to hit the pause button on what is typically a chaotic day filled with spilled milk, carpools, work deadlines and much more. Whether you are looking to gift a dear friend or yourself the gift of “tea time,” Terra Klay has the perfect unique gift to ensure that tea time will turn into “me time.”
I was provided with Terra Klay pottery at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.
What is Terra Klay, exactly? It is a local business that brings together the clay making traditions of Manipur, India with the modern tea drinker in Chicagoland and beyond. Each item of pottery, whether a tea pot, mug, bowl, or pan, is handcrafted by women artisans who collectively work together to craft each and every piece so that its beauty, simplicity, and elegance reflects the people of the Manipur region.
In addition to celebrating the traditional craft mastered by the Thankhul Naga tribes, Terra Klay ensures that these talented entrepreneurial-minded artisans are paid fair trade wages. So when you purchase pottery from Terra Klay, you are not only helping to give the gift of tea time, you are also contributing to the future of the talented women who create the gorgeous earthenware products. That’s why Terra Klay pottery makes a perfect gift for socially conscious people who want to positively impact the world.
As someone who loves tea time, whether it is at a fancy hotel or in my family’s playroom, I was so excited to be able to review Terra Klay’s Athing Tea Pot Gift Set. It contained everything I needed to indulge in some much needed “tea time,” including an Athing Tea Pot, two Terra Klay round cups, 3 oz. of local honey and a packet of Masala Chai Tea.
I must admit that since I typically use tea bags for my own personal “tea time,” I had to research how to use loose tea, but once I found a decanter I was all set. I especially loved that the tea came from Tea Lula, which is a tea shop in my hometown, Park Ridge. I was also unsure if I should put the tea pot directly on a flame while making my tea, but since it is comprised of all natural materials and is microwave safe, I didn’t encounter any problems. It would have been helpful if that information was provided on a card in the gift set so that I didn’t have to do extra research on my own.
I especially loved that both the tea pot and mugs were perfectly imperfect. Since everything is individually crafted by hand, each piece is slightly different which is what makes each one special. The black color is derived from the clay that is used to create the pottery, along with grayish smoke stains from when the pottery is fired and finished with a unique leaf rubbing technique. My tea pot was named Athing after the artisan, which makes her entrepreneurial impact grow from north eastern India to everywhere Terra Klay pottery is sold, and ensures that her story is told and shared with every Terra Klay purchase.
It is said that pottery is the heart of every home in Manipur. This Mother’s Day, you can give the gift of tea to the heart and soul of every home—a mother—thanks to this giveaway. Simply leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite kind of tea to be entered to win a complete Athing Tea Pot Gift Set. Entries will close on Tuesday, April 24that 8 a.m. CST and the winner will be contacted via email.