Earth Day Giveaway, Day 6: Teapot, teacup and tea by Terra Klay
Happy Earth Day! To conclude our sweepstakes we are giving away a Terra Klay teapot, teacup and tea valued at $100!
Terra Klay is inspired by handmade traditions which aims to preserve the pottery skills unique to artisan communities of Manipur, India. All of Terra Klay’s products are hand crafted by women artisans who work collectively to create the pieces, imbuing each with beauty, simplicity and elegance that characterize the region’s people.
The company strongly believes that business can make a difference and create social change.
The raw materials used to make this black pottery are weathered and serpentine rocks, which according to locals, are available only at their village of Loree alone, making each ingredient completely natural and locally sourced from the immediate area.
The two rocks are crushed to a powder and mixed with water to form a clay-like consistency. Crafted without the use of a potter’s wheel, Terra Klay pottery is molded and created by hand and bamboo tools. Once the shaped clay has dried and is hard enough, it is taken to an open bonfire and heated for 5 to 7 hours at temperatures over 900-1000 degrees centigrade. The signature black of the pottery is a result of the clay used followed by the smoke stains while firing.
As a finishing touch, the pottery’s soft black color is finished by rubbing the piece with a leaf known as ‘machee’, giving it a unique and almost metallic shine when still hot. Terra Klay’s collection reflects its respect for nature, culture and quality while retaining its timeless aesthetic.
All Terra Klay earthenware is lead free and food safe. And because of it’s non-mechanized production, the tea pot will slowly “season” absorbing the rich tea oils over time. Teapots are microwavable safe and a quick soak and wipe down with a sponge is all that is needed.
To learn more, check out their website or this recent post regarding the black clay of Manipur.
Do you love birds? Don’t miss out on our NEXT give away, to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Sweepstakes runs May 10-13, 2017.
How to ‘Like&Win”
To enter this sweepstakes for Terra Klay‘s teapot, teacup and tea valued at $100, simply go to the author of the blog’s Facebook page Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan and ‘like’ the post! The winners will by notified by 10:30 EST on April 21, 2017.