My New Royal Albert Tea Set

February 13, 2009 | 6 Comments

I’m participating in the thing-a-day challenge and have ended up drawing a lot of tea cups in the past week.

As a general rule, I find that I often draw my cups of tea and coffee (especially when out with friends) but got the idea of recording every cup in my life after being inspired by Vivian Swift’s collection of tea cups in her book When Wanderers Cease to Roam.

Getting a brand new Royal Albert tea set last week (a belated Xmas present) was the prompt to start. The tea set has 5 cups with 5 different designs each celebrating a different decade – some of you have been following the series on my flickr…but for the others here they all are in one post.

Mmm… I am a little sad that I have finished drawing my tea set. Of course there are many other cups in the house that I could draw. I am enjoying this theme, so might continue….so much for the ‘any old thing’ theme which was what I started the month aiming to draw every day. I still need to work on my cup drawings(I am architect that likes square buildings!)… having to draw a saucer as well adds to the challenge for me.

So? Any favourite?

Funny that when I got the set this time last week I liked the last one(90s) one the least… Yet I like its sketch the best. My favourite cup in real life is the 1950s one – so stylish…then the 1970s and then the 1960s…but of course I am splitting hairs!

I also wish that I had the other set (1900s-1940s) as well so that I have the complete series. But I don’t need another 5 cups! Maybe if I can find a big enough picture I can start drawing them instead.


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