New Teaware from LA artist Kim Hao; Community Service

New Teaware!

Handmade Kim Hau teaware 

I've added another local ceramicist to the Leaves of Cha website. Kim Hau is a Los Angeles based artist whose teaware are beautiful expressions of the classic eastern aesthetic. I'll have more of her work in the future as we collaborate on future designs. In the meantime check out her Sheep Mountain teacups (pictured above) here and the blue teacups (pictured below) here.

About Kim

Kim attended Metropolitan State College of Denver where she received her BFA in communications design in 2002. There was where she discovered her love for making functional ware while taking ceramics as one of her craft course requirements. She loved everything about it, the studio life, the chemistry of glazes, and the whole process of forming mud into a finished pot for use in your day to day life. After graduating, she enrolled in many ceramic classes/studios wherever she lived to continue practicing and playing with clay while working as a graphic designer, English instructor in Japan, and substitute teacher. She learned from great potters in Colorado, California, and Japan. As her passion for making pots kept growing stronger and stronger over the years, she finally decided to make the leap to pursue pottery full time in 2013 when she moved to Los Angeles, CA. Her constant curiosity and inquisitive nature helps drive her to passionately improve her skill and design in clay.

The Tea Monger believes in community service!

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic 

For the fifth year straight, I'll be volunteering at the Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Colorado. The Clinic is from 3/29/16-4/10/16. NDV brings in a few hundred veterans and about a hundred adaptive ski instructor like myself take them up on the mountain to ski, snowboard, and ski-bike.

It makes me immensely proud to serve my country's veterans in this way and give back a little bit for their service. This is part of my goal of providing 10% of my time to community service, or at least 5 weeks a year.

There may be a slight delay in shipments while I'm away but I'm sure you will understand that it is for a good cause.