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Ceramic Tea Cups: Unique Handmade Tea Cups with Style

Updated on January 25, 2016

Because Unique Handmade Tea Cups Add to the Taste of Tea

Take a look at these ceramic tea cups because they come in many beautiful styles from whimsical to artsy to modern. The best ceramic tea cups have that handmade look and feel to them and the best person to give them to (other than yourself of course) is friends and family - because they will most likely invite you over to enjoy them as well. :)

Below I have hand picked some of my favorite ceramic tea cups and mugs all of which are either available for purchase or will be again soon. Why not pamper yourself with a new handmade tea cup and a hot cup of your favorite tea? If you need a few suggestions on where to find more delightful tea sensations I'll point you in the right direction below as well.

How do you like your tea? - Tea cups vs. Tea mugs

There is certainly a different feel to drinking tea depending on what vessel you are actually drinking the tea from. I'm curious to find out how you like your tea.

Do you prefer tea cups or tea mugs? And what style?

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My Favorite Shops to Buy Tea and Tea Cups

More tea-licious fun to tickle your tongue

Adagio Teas:
Adagio Teas is one of my favorite online tea stores. They have a fantastic site with a huge selection of delightful tea for sale. They also have tons of community based features so you can interact with fellow tea lover's around the world, perfect for discovering great new teas to try. Don't miss my favorite tea chef area for yummy tea recipes and contests.

Teavana is a wonderful tea shop that I often stop by when I get a chance (for the free tea samples of course). They now have their own web site that is truly a delight to shop on. They have a fantastic selection of tea cups, tea gift sets, teapots, tea storage tins, tea boxes, teapot warmers... I could go on and on. Oh, and of course wonderful tea! I said wonderful twice I must really mean it. =)

White Blossom Tea Cup - Handpainted flowers for a beautiful hand made look

The White Blossom tea cup from Teavana really has a unique handmade feel to it. The white flowers on every cup are lovingly hand painted giving each tea cup that straight from the potter's wheel feel. A truly artistic gift for that special someone in your life - and if you want to give yourself a treat go on and do it - you deserve it.

This 10oz tea cup has a fantastic earthy essence while maintaining a delicate charm that will compliment your favorite teapot, it goes especially well with my favorite - Yixing teapots.

Asian Kanji Symbol Ceramic Teacup - White with Black Rim Footed Teacup

White with Black Rim Asian Kanji Symbol Ceramic Footed Teacup 2 Pieces
White with Black Rim Asian Kanji Symbol Ceramic Footed Teacup 2 Pieces

"Enjoy the perfect cup of tea with this beautiful Asian teacup set. The gently rounded ceramic cups are white with a black rim and feature red and black Asian Kanji characters. The teacup also features a large handle to make it easy to hold. This teacup set makes the perfect gift for any tea lover. "


Spring Poem Tea Mug with Infuser - A poem to bring the zen of Spring into your life

Another handmade tea mug with a beautiful glaze is this Spring Poem tea mug. This green and yellow ceramic mug is hand inscribed with Japanese calligraphy depicting a spring poem. Everyone could use a touch of Spring in their lives no matter what the season.

This tea mug comes with an infusing strainer and lid: an added bonus that makes this beautiful tea mug one of my recommended choices for the perfect cup of tea.

This popular Spring Poem tea mug was recently sold out at Teavana - Find more handmade teacups like this one available for sale from Teavana.

Black Matte Bamboo Tea Cup - Simple yet elegant ceramic bamboo tea cup

This simple yet elegant 10 oz. silver grey matte bamboo tea cup is a delight to enjoy tea from. The delicate wisp of colored glaze on the outside compliments the gorgeous rich orange yellow glaze in the inside and bottom. This is simply a delightful handmade ceramic tea cup complete with grooves from the potter's wheel beautifully designed to mimic bamboo.

Bamboo symbolizes nobility, growth and strength.

This black matte bamboo tea cup was a best seller and was recently sold out at Teavana - Find more handmade teacups like this one available for sale from Teavana. They currently have a Carved Bamboo Tea Cup in stock that is somewhat similar and has a nice clean bamboo design. (Also Available at Amazon below)

Tien-mu Green Glazed Tea Cup - A wonderful ceramic tea cup with a layered glaze

The Tien-mu green glazed tea cup is another popular addition to the Teavana line of handmade ceramic teacups, and what a beauty it is. The unique layered Japanese style glaze on this tea cup is fantastic. It is actually achieved by combing one glaze over another. The end result is a beautiful layered glaze that is truly original for each and every tea cup.

This 6oz. tea cup also comes with a handcrafted wooden gift box which as the name gift box implies is perfect for a holiday gift.

Currently sold out of this particular tea cup but you can find similar handmade teacups like this one available for sale from Teavana. In, fact they have a delightful Tri Color Peacock Tea Cup currently for sale that I'm sure you'd love.

Interesting Tea Fact

Where does tea tree oil come from?

•Did you know that Tea tree oil doesn't actually come from tea bushes or trees?

That's right, tea is produced from Camellia sinensis which is an evergreen shrub or small tree.

Tea tree oil on the other hand is made from the plant Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia and completely unrelated to the tea plant used to make tea.

Japan Crackle Hearts Tea Cup
Japan Crackle Hearts Tea Cup

Japan Crackle Hearts Tea Cup - Beautiful handmade style with a unique glaze

This Beautifully glazed ceramic tea cup is one of my favorites. A nice sized tea cup at 8oz. it captures the essence of traditional tea drinking with its handmade look and feel.

The crackle effect and glaze on this Japan Crackle Hearts Tea Cup really speaks to the creative artist in me - this is a tea cup I'd love to get as a gift this holiday season I'm sure you know someone who would love it too.

The horse symbolizes loyalty, leadership and intelligence

Try This Exquisite Tupelo Honey - The Queen of all honies - add the perfect touch of sweetness to your tea

Tupelo Honey
Tupelo Honey

Tupelo honey gained much recognition as the name of a 1971 hit album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, but tea lover's world wide know it as a rare varietal honey produced from the nectar of the tupelo tree blossoms found in the Southeastern United States. This tree blossoms for only three weeks each April.

Tupelo honey trees produce an all-fructose honey with a wonderful melt in your mouth flavor, that never crystallizes in the bottle.

This 20oz. bottle contains enough tupelo honey to add just the right amount of sweetness to all your favorite teas. If you are looking for the "Queen of the honey world" this is the tea for you.

Buy Now Available for sale from Amazon

Dragonfly Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid - Good fortune, love and romance

The dragonfly motif is one of my favorites in ceramic tea cups and here are a couple fine examples of that design. The Dragonfly symbolizes new beginnings and good fortune as well as love and romance - so why not make a new beginning and buy one of these ceramic dragonfly tea cups - I can't promise the love and romance but who knows...Valentine's day is just around the corner.

This tea mug also comes with a tea strainer that fits right into the mug for a very easy cup of tea. Cap it off with the included lid while steeping to hold in all that wonderful tea flavor and you have yourself one fine cup of tea.

Japanese Black Dragonfly Tea Mug with Tea Infuser, 10 Ounces
Japanese Black Dragonfly Tea Mug with Tea Infuser, 10 Ounces

This ceramic tea cup with lid and strainer has a very beautiful detailed dragonfly image in gold on a rich deep brown mug. A very earthy tea mug that really is a delight to drink from.


Where do you buy your tea cups?

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Five Jewels Ceramic Teacup Set

Give the gift of jewels with this splendid tea cup set

This is a beautiful ceramic teacup set in five wonderfully earthy colors each representing a different jewel. Yellow for Topaz, Cobalt Blue for Sapphire, Red for Ruby, Gray for Onyx and Green for Emerald.

Each teacup holds 8oz of your favorite tea, well once you fill them with your favorite tea of course. Nothing says I love you this Christmas like the gift of jewels, even if they are only jewel inspired tea cups.

Find handmade tea sets like this one available for sale from Teavana They currently have a similar 5 piece Go Crackle Tea Cup Set for sale for $39.99

What is your favorite tea cup style? - Or just stop by and say hi, feedback welcome...

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      5 years ago

      Your "Japan Crackle Hearts Tea Cup" is actually called Somayaki. I have two of them. One exactly like yours, except for the fact that has been used so much the painted horses wore off. The other is plain green crackle and the horse is inside at the bottom of the cup done in bas relief.

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      7 years ago

      Dragonfly Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      These handmade tea cups are indeed beautiful and unique, almost like little works of art.

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      Ananasa LM 

      8 years ago

      These are super! i really wanted to make glasses but don't know where to start. do you need a special oven?

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      8 years ago

      I love ALL types of tea cups! Blessed!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful looking tea-cup and mugs, and gorgeously crafted lens...blessings!

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      Rusty Quill 

      8 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks so much Brenda, but believe it or not I don't actually have a facebook account - Gasp! :) If some other kind soul wanted to add a link to your facebook page that would be mighty nice.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Very attractive page. Please feel free to add a link to it on my Facebook Fan Page, I LOVE COFFEE MUGS.

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      8 years ago

      Very beautiful, and unique, I love it.

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      8 years ago

      Wow they all looked gorgeous, I love the black cup with dragonfly, its beautiful. What a Great lens you have here. I really had fun browsing through it.

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      8 years ago

      Lovely presentation of tea cups. I love all kinds of tea and drinking tea out a unique tea cup makes it even more enjoyable.

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      8 years ago

      I love teaware! I have a ton of unique mugs, pots, and cups. These are all gorgeous!

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      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Some beautiful art objects here.

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      8 years ago

      @Rusty Quill: Thanks! I love the emphasis on artisan pottery on this lens. As much as I love the little cups, I also love drinking tea from a mug and there's something about hand-made pottery where each cup or mug is different. Some of the stuff you have here is beautiful too.

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      9 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hi. Love the dragonfly one with the matching infuser... how useful!

    • Rusty Quill profile imageAUTHOR

      Rusty Quill 

      9 years ago

      @ratetea: I haven't. not the official version - my kids love having tea parties with their little tea set so that kind of counts. :) I'll see if I can find some of the "real" ones to feature here - thanks for stopping by.

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      9 years ago

      Do you ever drink tea from small, Chinese- or Japanese- style tea cups? I often like having tea from these very small cups. I'd love to see you list some of these on this lens as well!

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      9 years ago

      Japan crackle hearts !

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I just stopped by to wish you, and those who surround you with love, a very merry holiday season. Many blessings in the New Year.


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      10 years ago

      Nice ceramic mugs article. Ceramic mugs, specifically ceramic steins, are large mugs that are quite attractive to consumers.There one is the great web site of ceramic


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      flowski lm 

      11 years ago

      These are very unique gift ideas for tea lovers, and just in time for Christmas too, thanks!

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      11 years ago

      Nice Lens! Welcome to the "SHOP AT HOME" group! Faith

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      HealthNuts LM 

      11 years ago

      The tea cups that come with a tea infuser and lid are simply wonderful!!

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      11 years ago

      OOooo... simply beautiful teacups! The background color really showcases your beautiful cups.

      Great job!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      11 years ago

      You've got some beautiful items featured and the prices are great too. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      11 years ago

      I got a pair of similar tea mugs when I was in Russia this summer. I absolutely love them and am very much considering buying more. I'll be coming back to this page if I do.

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      11 years ago

      I love that dragonfly tea cup you have featured, I know just the person I'm going to get it for, thank you!

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      11 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.



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