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History has recorded that England and China used ceramic ware to drink their tea and those records go into great detail showing contrasts and similarities between each cultures ceramics The vast ideological differences between England and China show how social political and ritualistic issues were reflected in the developments and changes made to the ware visually as well as its functionality Were the issues in each culture a result of external or internal influences exchange inspiration or necessity A brief history of the origin of tea as a drink and how the very nature of these issues affected ceramics will be included Perspectives formulated by developments and changes resulting from various oddities inherent in each culture will also be discussed Rather than a lengthy exploration a vignette of the authors opinions and impressions will be presented There are many similarities and few differences in the development of tea ware between China and England However one particular difference is the evolution of the teacup handle and saucer or cup plate In order to understand the significance of tea ware in the cultures under discussion one must first understand how the beverage was discovered and what made it so important What brought about the inception of tea ware in China and England for the drinking of tea The earliest tea cups in China were beautiful handle-less bowls of delicate stature They varied in size averaging 44x9cm 1 34 x 3 12 in just large enough to hold cupped in one palm comfortably They had gentle sloping shoulders and tiny feet and in some the lips were flared in such a fashion as to make the liquid float out of the bowl into the mouth without effort Teapots came into existence later than the bowl and were truly an innovation attributed to the differences between taste Those who liked certain types of tea made from powdered tea leaves preferred bowls and those who liked to boil the leaves
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