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Bernard-Paul Heroux "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea" literary teacup and saucer

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"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." -Bernard-Paul Heroux

If you are a tea drinker, you know exactly what Mr. Heroux means. There is nothing quite as soothing as sitting down with a steaming cup of tea when the world seems to be crumbling around you. It forces you to slow down, to breathe deeply, and to focus on the tranquil, comforting warmth cupped between your two hands. And when you finish, you often find that the troubles facing you have become much more manageable than they were before you drank your tea. Someone once said that tea was liquid wisdom, but perhaps we ought to revise that: I think tea is liquid courage.

I painted this quote on a very small (and yet, very thick) teacup, with a matching saucer that isn't exactly a saucer; it's more like a tiny bowl. The cup may be fitted quite easily in the palms of two hands, which makes it ideal for sipping when a full teapot is nearby. Upon both saucer and cup, I painted a design of rose vines, and on the cup, a very bright teapot.

For those who love tea, and those who need a little courage.

All my work is done with heat-set ceramic paint, and will do well with dishwashers and the general passage of time, but try to avoid scrubbing the design with harsh abrasives, as they will cause the paint to fade.

Bernard-Paul Heroux "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea" literary teacup and saucer

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