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Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. From the tea served in small clay pots of Yixing China, the powdered matcha of Japan, the spicy masala chai of India, to the sweet, mint infused Touareg tea of Morocco, tea takes on a unique personality in each culture where it is enjoyed.

Even though tea seems different and distinct in different parts of the world, all true tea leaves come from one type of plant: Camellia sinensis. It is a relative of the ornamental flowering camellia that graces yards throughout much of the United States. The Camellia sinensis is native to southwest China but is now grown all over the world. The differences in the way tea traditions appear in different parts of the world are due to the way the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are processed and how the tea leaves are then prepared and served.

I am drawn to tea both as a beverage and as a theme because it carries a universal appeal. It is truly a beverage that connects all corners of our globe. One can learn world political and economic history through the study of tea as a commodity. The study of tea service allows us to become familiar with the customs of cultures around the world. Taking the time to contemplate a simple cup of tea can awaken one’s palate and improve one’s sense of taste. It seems that there is no end to what one can learn through a study of this plant and its long and varied history.

As I have explored these different threads of study, I have discovered that there is a dark side to the tea industry. The history of tea commerce is marked by colonialism and an unfettered exploitation of native labor. But the plant itself is not to blame for these all too human realities. I hope that tea can overcome its checkered past to become a beverage and commodity that connects people all over the world as a symbol of hospitality, ritual, and serenity. My “Impressions of Tea” collage series pays homage to the ideal of this much-loved plant.

China 1
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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China 2
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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India 1
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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India 2
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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Japan
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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The South
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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Ceylon
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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England
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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Samovar
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
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Touareg
Collage mounted on cradled wood panel
12" x 12"
AVAILABLE

In this series, I use small boxes and found objects as my starting point. Each box contains it own theme or expression.

A Feather In Your Cap
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A Feather In Your Cap

A Stitch In Time
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A Stitch In Time

Beach
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Beach

Celtic Cross
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Celtic Cross

Flight
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Flight

Garden, Part 1
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Garden, Part 1

Hawk
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Hawk

Sleep Tight
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Sleep Tight

Spring
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Spring

Turtle/Tortoise
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Turtle/Tortoise

Welcome
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Welcome

Teapot Collage

Teapot Collage

Tree Collage

Tree Collage

Apple Collage

Apple Collage

ATC Art of Tea Collage

ATC Art of Tea Collage

ATC Friends Collage

ATC Friends Collage

ATC Scrap Collage - Mounted

ATC Scrap Collage - Mounted

ATC Scrap Collage

ATC Scrap Collage

ATC Scrap Collage 2

ATC Scrap Collage 2

ATC Tea Time Collage

ATC Tea Time Collage

ATC Tea Collage

ATC Tea Collage

ATC Teapot Collage

ATC Teapot Collage

ATC's Collage 2

ATC's Collage 2

Paper Collage 1

Paper Collage 1

Paper Collage 2

Paper Collage 2

Tea Collage 1

Tea Collage 1

Tea Collage 2

Tea Collage 2

Tea Collage 3

Tea Collage 3

Doll

Doll

Doll 2

Doll 2

Tea Art Doll

Tea Art Doll

Alcohol Ink Domino Pendants

Alcohol Ink Domino Pendants

Alcohol Ink Dominos

Alcohol Ink Dominos

Bee Necklace

Bee Necklace

Lace Necklace

Lace Necklace

Pendant

Pendant

Nest Necklace 3

Nest Necklace 3

Nest Necklace

Nest Necklace

Nests 2

Nests 2

Nests 3

Nests 3

Nests

Nests

Scrabble Book Pendants

Scrabble Book Pendants

Scrabble Pendants

Scrabble Pendants

Tea Bezel Set - Black & White

Tea Bezel Set - Black & White

Tea Bezel Set

Tea Bezel Set

Tea Bezel Silhouettes

Tea Bezel Silhouettes

Tea Glass Tile Jewelry

Tea Glass Tile Jewelry

Tea Shrink Plastic Earrings

Tea Shrink Plastic Earrings

Tea Shrink Plastic Jewelry

Tea Shrink Plastic Jewelry

2016 Clouds

2016 Clouds

2016 Green Man Emerges

2016 Green Man Emerges

2016 Squiggle Revolt

2016 Squiggle Revolt

2016 Tree

2016 Tree

2018 Charleston Basket

2018 Charleston Basket

2018 Flame

2018 Flame

2018 Pain

2018 Pain

2018 Reaching

2018 Reaching

2018 Release

2018 Release

2018 Swaddled

2018 Swaddled

2018 Valiant Fight

2018 Valiant Fight

2018 Wave

2018 Wave

2019 Morning Glory

2019 Morning Glory

Inspiration

Inspiration

Mandala

Mandala

Mixed Media Mandala 1

Mixed Media Mandala 1

Mixed Media Mandala 2

Mixed Media Mandala 2

Mixed Media Mandala 3

Mixed Media Mandala 3

Mixed Media Mandala 4

Mixed Media Mandala 4

Beach Art 1

Beach Art 1

Beach Art 2

Beach Art 2

Blessings

Blessings

Candle Dish Decoupage

Candle Dish Decoupage

Candles Painted

Clearing Away Distractions

Clearing Away Distractions

Gavrinis Painting

Gavrinis Painting

Labyrinth Cards

Tea Cup Painting 1

Tea Cup Painting 1

Tea Cup Painting 2

Tea Cup Painting 2

Tea Cup Painting 3

Paper Flowers in Clipper Ship

Paper Flowers in Clipper Ship

Paper Flowers in Silver

Paper Flowers in Silver

Paper Flowers in Teapot

Paper Flowers in Teapot

Polymer Clay Mosaic 2

Polymer Clay Mosaic 2

Polymer Clay Mosaic

Polymer Clay Mosaic

Snake Wall Hanging

Snake Wall Hanging

Homage to a Teapot

Homage to a Teapot

Prayer Mosaic

Prayer Mosaic

Floral Teapot Mosaic

Floral Teapot Mosaic

Floral Mosaic 2

Floral Mosaic 2

Feminine Mirror Mosaic

Feminine Mirror Mosaic

Mosaic Mirror

Mosaic Mirror

Square Bee Mosaic

Square Bee Mosaic

Square Floral Mosaic

Square Floral Mosaic

Square Heart Mosaic

Square Heart Mosaic

Square Natural Mosaic

Square Natural Mosaic

Square Shell Mosaic

Square Shell Mosaic

Tea Time 1

Tea Time 1

Tea Time 2

Tea Time 2

3D Teapot Mosaic 2

3D Teapot Mosaic 2

3D Teapot Mosaic

3D Teapot Mosaic

Mixed Media Home Stone

Mixed Media Home Stone

Mixed Media Inspiration Stones 2

Mixed Media Inspiration Stones 2

Mixed Media Inspiration Stones 1

Mixed Media Inspiration Stones 1

Mixed Media Thanksgiving Stones

Mixed Media Thanksgiving Stones

Pebbles 1

Pebbles 1

Pebbles 2

Pebbles 2

Pebbles 3

Pebbles 3

Pebbles 4

Pebbles 4

Eve

Eve

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Sophia, Holy Wisdom

Sophia, Holy Wisdom

Bee Shrine

Bee Shrine

Birds Fly Shrine

Birds Fly Shrine

Carl Jung Tin Cover

Carl Jung Tin Cover

Carl Jung Tin - Inside

Carl Jung Tin - Inside

Hoop and Tree

Hoop and Tree

Hundreds of Ways

Hundreds of Ways

Matchbox Shrines

Matchbox Shrines

Snake Dream Shrine

Snake Dream Shrine

Snake Shrine

Tea Box Shrine

Tea Box Shrine

Tea Time Shrine

Tea Time Shrine

Thomas Wolfe Shrine

Thomas Wolfe Shrine