November 7, 2016

Sipping in Style: Our Favorite Tea Time Companions

Here at Propped, we understand the magic of a good cup of tea. Whether you’re starting your day or enjoying a warm afternoon mug, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as sipping your favorite brew. From chai to Ceylon, tea offers an instant dose of aromatherapy—which, let’s be honest, is helpful any day of the week. Adding handmade details to your tea routine makes the experience all the more personal, turning something as simple as tea for two into a special occasion. We’ve collected a few of our favorite tea time pieces from makers Katia Carletti, Sarah Pike Pottery, and Marley & Bodi for enjoying your tea.

Katia Carletti works from her cozy home studio in the hills of Adelaide, Australia. She hand-makes each piece from stoneware clay, using pinching and shaping techniques to create unique mugs, teapots, bowls, and vases. Each item captures the charming quirk and whimsy of Katia’s own working life, which includes her pet bunny Tilvie and weekend walks through the mountains with her fiancée Rohan.

Carletti’s playful shapes are full of personality, from her adorable lidded sugar jars to her speckled ceramic teapots. Her accompanying teacups and saucers are the ultimate creative statement, adding delightful vibes to your next impromptu tea party.

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The equally beautiful handmade teapots and mugs at Sarah Pike Pottery are made with red clay and inspired by the natural landscape surrounding Sarah in her British Columbia home. Each teapot features a pouring handle made from upcycled wood, which is refinished and fitted with heavy-gauge steel wire to create a unique and elegant design that relies equally on the old and the new.

Pike’s red clay mugs make the perfect companion to her unique teapots and a strongly steeped brew. Their naturally textured sides and wide, round shape are ideal for comfortable holding and aromatic sipping. Tapered sides prevent tips and spills, keeping your hot beverages exactly where they’re supposed to be.

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As the cherry on top of a perfectly designed sipping session, handmade purveyor The Future Kept offers a delightful array of sipping vessels and loose leaf teas made in the UK and USA. Husband and wife creative team Jeska & Dean Hearne design and source all of their products from handmade artisans with an eye for high quality, conscious creation, and innovative modern pieces. Pair their Mountain Ceramic Mug with a batch of signature Future Kept Detox Tea and you’ll find yourself in tea time heaven.


Rejuvenate your tea practice with handmade details that warm your heart from pot to cup. Whether you’re gearing up or winding down, these heirloom-quality pieces offer something for every style.

Find all of these stylish pieces and more by following the featured makers on Instagram: @katiacarletti and @sarahpikepottery.

What are your favorite tea time and brewing accessories? Shout out on our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter channels to share any makers we’ve missed!