porcelain, underglaze, clear glaze
fired to cone 10
This family of seven porcelain cups is underglazed inside and out to represent the tea leaves accumulated during a tasseological ritual. Each cup has been designed with a specific member of my family in mind and, if you know how to read the signs, portrays the life and fortune of each individual. The symbols used in each cup represent these people as I know them, filtered through my experiences and interactions with them--not as they would describe themselves--therefore illustrating only certain facets of their personalities.
To read your fortune in tea leaves, drain your cup on its saucer (after finishing your tea!), then sit with the cup's outside stripe (or the handle, on conventional tea cups) facing you. All symbols should be read in the context of their position relative to this stripe. Check out the starter symbolism dictionary (and a wealth of other information) here, but remember that when it comes to reading tea leaves, personal symbolism trumps the "official." Have fun!