The collection originally made for an exhibition at London Craft Week, includes five tea sets. It was created after Native & Co was approached by Taiwan’s ministry of culture to create a contemporary version of traditional tea drinking.
Showcasing many varieties of oolong, the studio designed a tea experience by pairing five clays with five different leaves. Tea is typically brewed in small, unglazed teapots that improve the drink’s flavor over time as the porous clay becomes seasoned by the tea.
“On a microscopic level, the clay’s surface is rough and uneven, trapping pockets of air and tea within it,” explained Native & Co’s Chris Yoshiro Green. “This creates a more rounded and layered taste profile.” “Each clay varies in its texture, and porosity levels vary the flavors further.”
To create the teapot’s, the studio experimented with different clays as well as water mineral content, also tried different brewing times and temperatures to create matches for the five different teas.
Native & Co chose clays that would especially compliment the aromas and flavors of each oolong, using them to create ultra-minimal teapots and cups that still retained a “Taiwanese air”.