UPDATE: Authors of the text about tea and teawares changed over the years. Joni Miller did some and was passionate about tea, teapots, and tea parties. Annabel Freyberg took over and was a collector (of what is not specified) but seemed to know less about tea. Apparently, Shax Reigler has assumed to role for the 2016 calendar and seems to have even less knowledge about tea than his immediate predecessor.
The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar series has been around for about two decades, and its appeal to tea lovers is unmistakable, with the beautiful photographs gracing each month and the wall of wherever it is hung. If only the rest of the calendar lived up to that attraction. The time has come to say farewall to this calendar series.
My love affair with The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar series has come to an end. Yes, after having bought the calendar every year since the late 1990s, I have finally reached a point where the inaccurate information in the calendar is no longer made up for by the aesthetic appeal of the photography.
As I have learned more about tea, the errors have become more glaring. In one way this is good, since it shows me how far I have come from my dipping-a-Lipton-teabag-in-a-mug-of-tepid-water days. In another, it shows that the producers of this calendar have not also learned. In fact, they seem more and more intent on promoting common myths about tea. But if this were my only objection, I could probably continue to justify spending my hard-earned money on the 2016 calendar, and for many years to come. But when not even the calendar portion is showing me the info that other cheaper and simpler calendars do, it’s usefulness is diminished.
A few items missing from December but shown on my free little calendar book in which I mark my appointments and on another free calendar we received as a gift:
- 7 December – Pearl Harbor Day
- 14 December – Last Day of Hanukkah (they show the first day)
- 22 December – First Day of Winter (Winter Solstice)
- 31 December – New Year’s Eve (true – I already know that, but…)
- Lunar phases
Workman Publishing Company, founded in 1968, is an independent publisher of adult and juvenile trade books as well as the Original Page-a-Day® Calendars. The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar features photographs by Martin Brigdale and text by Shax Riegler (executive editor of House Beautiful, previously at House & Garden, Martha Stewart Living,Travel + Leisure, and Vogue and currently completing a PhD from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture – but sadly no real background in tea, and it shows).
Sorry to end the old year on a down note, but I resolve to make 2016 brighter, happier, and more informative, at least on this e-zine!
© 2009-2016 A.C. Cargill photos and text
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