Monday, January 11, 2010

Simplicity with Function FORLIFE Teaware

Designed with everyday function in mind, FORLIFE has created a long lasting line of teaware that will stay beautiful and fresh for life. Established in 1994 by Masa Fujii, a ceramic designer and entrepreneur, FORLIFE has developed new lines of glass and ceramic teapots, cups, and infusers to fit your every tea need. Add a splash of color to your space with the vibrant spectrum of teapots and cups in the Hospitality, Newleaf, Curve, Serenity Teaware Collections.

Hospitality Teaware: White ceramic teapots (16 oz.) and cups (9 oz.) with innovative silicone sleeves and tea spouts. Spouts will not chip or break and the silicone cup grip allows you to comfortably hold your hot tea.

Newleaf Teaware: Larger clear glass tea mugs (13 oz.) with stainless steel infuser and lid. Unique double- wall glass keeps tea warmer longer.

Curve Teaware: Brilliant teapots in two sizes (45 oz & 24 oz.) with infuser and matching mugs (12 oz.) with silicone grips, safe for dishwasher and microwave.

Serenity Teaware: White ceramic Modern Asian style teapot with infuser (4 cups) microwave/diswasher safe.

Colors available: Black Graphite, Lime, Lavender, Mandarin, Paprika, Red, Sage, Turquoise, and White

Silicone sleeves and infuser

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

La Chambaware

La Chamba, nestled in the heart of Colombia near the active Ruiz volcano and Magdalena River, has for generations produced some of the world’s finest handmade clay cookware. The large deposits of sandy volcanic clay, that surround the village, provide exceptionally thermal shock resistant pottery. La Chamba cookware is burnished before firing to create a smooth sealed surface without the use of glazes. All cookware is black in color due to the final step in the firing process, “smoking”, where the white hot clay is smothered with dried leaves and covered, resulting in the darker pigment.

This superb clay cookware is long lasting, durable and heat resilient allowing for use on the stove top, in the oven, and the microwave. Casseroles, deep dishes, bowl, plates and pans are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate any meal needs. Each piece is smooth to the touch and ready for use immediately.

Optional initial preparation before use suggests filling cookware ¾ with water and place in 400F oven for 30 mins.