Thursday, April 7, 2011

Teacup Painting, "Miss Ambrosia", Her History and Mythology

"As the centerpiece of a cherished ritual, it's a talisman against the chill of winter, a respite from the ho-hum routine of the day."   
      ~Sarah Engler, "Tea Up," Real Simple magazine, February 2006

© "Miss Ambrosia", Watercolor, Size: 8.25"x9.75"
    Laura Leeder, April 2011
I came across this teacup, while browsing at Homesense in Kelowna recently.  I was drawn to it's clean, elegant shape and its striking gold leaf design.  It's made by Nikko China of Japan.  They started producing semi-porceline dinnerware around 1905 and have aggressively continued to develop and improve on the materials that make up their fine china products today.  

Nikko dinnerware is an established leader in the hotel and restaurant ware market. Nikko china is manufactured in Japan, Malaysia and Thailand and sold around the world.

The pattern on my teacup was produced from 1999 to 2005.  It is of 3 leaves and a grape cluster in 24kt gold and is called "Ambrosia".  In ancient Greek and Roman mythology "Ambrosia" is considered to be the food or drink of the gods, (something with an especially delicious flavor or fragrance), and thought to confer immortality.

Hmm....I think I will sit by the window, sipping my fragrant, honey colored nectar from my teacup "Ambrosia", (blessed by the gods?) and wistfully think fine thoughts of immortality.

BACK TO REALITY!....and...back to the studio.
Artfully Yours, Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

*Attend the Creston Museum's- Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!   Make your reservation here.  

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