Modern, eco-friendly & Sustainable
We live in a world where almost everything is mass produced. It’s meaningful for us to step away from that and provide you with a handmade product that was created with joy, honor and respect. We hope transmit these qualities to you when you pick-up a piece of our hand crafted teaware.
UNIQUE / ONE-OF-A-KIND
Since each product is made by hand, each is a one-of-kind piece. Also because of the variability of the natural materials involved no two pieces of teaware are exactly alike.
We take every measure to produce an environmentally sustainable product. Our teaware is inspired by nature. Our glazes are a reflection of the pure blue-green streams that flow in the lush green subtropical mountain mountain forests of our studio. The mountains around our studio are rich in clays that we blend with purchased clays to create a rich deep red-brown color.
We do several things to conserve resources in our studio. We catch rainwater for studio use (cleaning, throwing, clay and glaze making) from Taiwan’s copious rainfall. We also reclaim water around the house for use in the studio.
All of the wood we use for our teapot handles comes from salvaged drift-wood that we collect from nearby rivers after typhoons.
We dig our own clay only in small amounts and only from areas where the clay is already exposed such as roadsides. That way we don’t have to dig or disturb the forest ecosystem. Pottery studio’s produce a lot of scrap clay. We recycle all of our clay scraps to be used again so no clay is wasted.
We do our firing in a small efficient electric/gas hybrid kiln. Our kiln uses about 20x less gas than an ordinary gas kiln.
The Jade Leaf teaware is essentially a labour of love from the heart. All of these things take extra time, its time that we feel is well spent. Running a sustainable studio substantially limits our production so we produce less in general. We respect nature, our local ecosystem and the planet. We’re prod to be sharing these sustainable products with you my dear customers, who are really passionate about tea.
At The Jade Leaf we:
Harvest rainwater for throwing pots and making glazes
Reclaim household water for cleaning up in the studio
Salvage drift-wood for teapot handles
Recycle clay scraps which are used again to make your teaware
Sustainably harvest wild clay in small amounts to add color and texture
use 20x less gas in my hybrid gas / electric kiln
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