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Three Cups of Tea ceramics are made by Karen Taylor O’Neill and Elise Johnston.

Each piece of Three Cups of Tea ceramics is unique & durable. It is handmade in our Dunedin home studio. The process begins by making the original shapes in clay. A plaster mold is then taken from these pieces. Each item is slip cast using the plaster molds to replicate the originals and clay pieces are joined, altered and smoothed. The work is fired two or three times during the glazing and decorating stages. The images are drawn from personal experiences, they reflect our love of wild places, and the capricious nature of both ceramics and life. The images are originals which are then printed onto ceramic decals, applied and fired onto the pieces.

The name Three Cups of Tea refers to a proverb of the Himalayan Balti people that says “The first time you share tea you are a stranger. The second time you take tea you are an honoured guest & the third time you share a cup of tea you become family.” We feel this expresses our feelings about the importance of taking time to share a cup of tea, and how relationships develop and grow over shared experiences. Our designs are made with the rituals of tea, friends & family always in mind.



Find Us At…

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Expressions Arts and Entertainment centre. Upper Hutt’s superb public art gallery, theatre, and civic hall complex. You can find Three Cups of Tea ceramics in the Gallery Shop.

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Three Cups of Tea are members of New Zealand Potters Inc. We have exhibited our ceramics in their Annual Exhibition which alternates each year between venues in the North and South Islands. You can find our members page on their web site, and also find out about upcoming NZP exhibitions and events.

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To compliment their art framing business Framing House includes a small store where you can find a changing selection of thoughtfully handmade objects for the home – from ceramics, to textiles and up-cycled furniture.

Gallery De Novo specialises in original contemporary New Zealand art with a strong focus on local Dunedin artists. Contemporary art hangs throughout the three levels of gallery space and we have regular exhibitions of upcoming and emerging  New Zealand artists.

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