April 9th, 2013
Studio KotoKoto will hold an online cup sale, Hearty Cuppa, at 9:00am PST next Tuesday, February 5th to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“Cuppa” is an English garbled term for a cup of tea that comes from rolling the words “cup of” into a single, quick expression. We at KotoKoto love tea in all its forms: hot, iced, green, black, with milk, or herbal. Moreover, tea drinking for us is a much-needed pause for reflection during a busy day. Although a paper cup will do in a pinch, we prefer our favorite beverage in a lovely handmade vessel.
The “hearty” part of “Hearty Cuppa” has many connotations. For the tea addicts at KotoKoto, it means a strong brew. For others of the non-tea persuasion, it can also mean cheerful, energetic, and friendly. But perhaps the most powerful expression is the term’s connection to love, especially with the approach of Valentine’s Day.
February 14th originally was a religious celebration to honor the martyred Saint Valentine in 496 AD. By the Middle Ages, it assumed romantic undertones. In 1382, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer made the first written mention of romantic love tied to that day.
Fast forward to Studio KotoKoto in 2013. We have plenty of love to share! Sappy but true. We love handmade and we know from experience that using and sharing pieces made with love makes our lives better and more rewarding.
Hearty Cuppa will feature beautiful work by Studio KotoKoto’s magnificent dozen artists: Birdie Boone, Marc Digeros, Diana Fayt, Ayumi Horie, Ito Akinobu, Kristen Kieffer, John Miyazawa, Hanako Nakazato, Nitta Yoshiko, Peter Pincus, Joseph Pintz, and Sakai Mika.
Come and visit our Hearty Cuppa event next week to find a unique handmade cup and pass along a distinctive expression of your love this Valentine’s Day.