Allison Currie Art

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Allison Currie Art

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Announcement   Allison Currie is a Houston based painter, who loves collecting stray tea cups. She has joined her love of tea time and love of painting, and paints unique tea cup and saucer sets as both art objects and actual use.


Allison Currie is a Houston based painter, who loves collecting stray tea cups. She has joined her love of tea time and love of painting, and paints unique tea cup and saucer sets as both art objects and actual use.

Allison Currie

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Jean pagnone

Jean pagnone on Apr 18, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This piece is perfection! Perfectly sized and beautifully done. Bow ties are cool and even the Doctor would be proud!

Anonymous on May 13, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

The most gorgeous hand painted piece!! A special birthday present for a dear friend who will adore it. Just perfect, carefully packaged and quickly shipped. Could not be happier. Thank you!


Makers Gotta Make

When I was getting my bachelor's degree, I had a bad case of senior-itis my final semester and just wanted to do anything that was not on canvas. After some brain storming I decided to join my love of painting with my love of tea cups, and The Stray Tea Cup Society was born. This has been a great thing for me mentally. I can purge the magpie assortment of ideas, design crushes, and artsy bits in a crafty, safe place. Doing this allows me to be more focused and better edited on my fine arts side.

For the Stray Tea Cup Society items, I start with found objects in thrift shops, antique stores, and even sales bins. I'm not someone who is good with a potters wheel or with sculpting, so I do not take credit for the form I am painting on, just the repainting! If there are original makers marks on items, I try to leave those visible and sign next to it.

I use a non-toxic paint that works sort of like an enamel. I paint it, let it dry really well, then bake it in my home oven to set the paint. The paint is permanent and dishwasher safe! I do sometimes use elements like crystals that I can't promise are safe for dishwasher or microwave, so I generally recommend hand washing all items for longevity. I definitely want them to be used, they are re-designed utilitarian items! Just don't cut food on the saucers/plates, you will scratch paint and create spaces where bacteria can hide. It's fine to toss a sandwich onto a plate, but don't slice the bread/meat on it!

For my fine arts I have recently begun listing, this is not everything I do. I'm focusing on small, easily shippable pieces to list on this website. Not sure how to ship big pieces yet. For now that's a local buyers kinda thing.

The "Titled" series are titled by number in order of creation. These were experimental pieces I did in exploring a post-minimalist aesthetic that utilizes aleatoric elements mixed with planned markings. My lines/dots tend to be inspired by vibrations and sensations on the body experienced during meditation. I use a variety of media for this, and I kind of prefer paper now.

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  • Allison Currie

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Artist

    Currie is a post-minimalist artist who explores several mediums, including drawing, painting and needle felting as well as running her own side business selling painted found objects, The Stray Tea Cup Society. Currie currently works at

Shop policies

Last updated on December 28, 2012
I love tea cups. I love to find "strays", cups without a whole set, then mix and match cups and saucers. My cups for sale are hand painted on up-cycled cups. They reflect pieces of my life, emotions, or sometimes just patterns I find pleasing. I do not repeat patterns, so each cup and saucer set is an individual and unique.

My hope is that you use the items, not just set them on a shelf. Their designs come from contemplation and quiet meditation, those gentle moments where you sit with your cup of tea and read, or think over the day, or relax with a friend or two. They are a piece of intimate daily life. <3

Customizing available on request. Commissions are possible as well. Contact me, we'll talk.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
This shop is signed up for direct payment! :)
Shipping to US (Incl. Hawaii and Alaska) and Canada. Contact me for international shipping rates so I can check the pricing.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please note that all items are reclaimed thrift items, and that this is a form of art up-cycling. Some items may have glaze cracking due to age but are not broken. Minor chips may have been painted over. I will try to make all images as clear as possible but you should know I do not discount items for this, and sometimes I choose an item especially for interior crackling and a sign of use, a rustic aesthetic to me as an artist. It's perfectly usable, and is purely cosmetic. Most have none of this. Cracked ceramic is another matter, I make sure my items are solid. Any returned items must reach me in the same condition I sent them out in.

Items should be hand washed and set to dry. Technically the paint is dishwasher safe but not all the porcelain I paint on is necessarily dishwasher safe. Clean with a soft cloth or sponge, no abrasives.
Additional policies and FAQs
I use Pebeo 150 paints, which are certified non toxic, but due to the cost of testing Pebeo has not pursued getting FDA certified so is not designated food safe, and so I do NOT use them on the interior of cups or pots. Their only concern is that on PLATES, cutting food can scratch the paint and create crevices for bacteria to hide. This will not be a problem with tea cups and pots. Please keep that in mind when buying any products painted with Pebeo or their child companies.