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THE PERFECT TEA VESSELS
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ORIGIN OF THE WORD : CUP 
The word ‘cup’ is often perceived as nothing more than a tool or vessel of practicality to keep or
sustain liquids to deliver to the mouth. While constantly overlooked, role and function of the cup
is just as important as its contents, with the properties being able to affect how the beverage is experienced. 


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In conjunction with the tea study and its results (that were documented in the PROBE zine),
two tea-drinking vessels were made that were specially for tea-leaves and teabags. 

THE HUG MUG
This cup was to be a variation of a hug-mug. Based on the cup study, while participants had found it
comforting to have their hands grasped around the cusp of the vessels (e.g: Double Handle Soup Bowl),
they could not really enjoy their beverage due to the wide shape that hindered the drinking experience.

Thus, I set up to create a hug mug that would have thicker walls than the conventional cup, and for it to have
an ergonomical shape that would make holding it easy. This cup was also to facilitate tea leaves for drinking. 
THE PERFECT CUP
As I crafted the perfect tea cup, I had to take into consideration that not everyone
would be drinking tea from a teapot, and may in fact brew a cup of tea on their own. 

Thus, I started drafting a cup that would suit the conventional teabag across all brands,
and not one that was solely focused on just Gryphon Tea alone. 

I had noted that some participants had picked up their vessels by grasping the base or held
the base of the cup as they drank their tea (acting as a second handle), but even then some had
scalded themselves. Thus, I wanted to incorporate the idea of a suspended saucer-base to fulfil that
particular function. 
After consulting with a 3D model artist, I was informed that a full base would not be
practical due to the laws of gravity, and instead suggested a base that had a hollow middle instead, in order
to adhere to my original design as much as possible.

Therefore, I decided to opt for a more angular handle - not only for better grip, but also for more space
between the handle and cup to allow for a secure and not-too-tight grip. At the same time, I had to take into
consideration the gap between the suspended saucer and mug, and how physics would affect this entire design. 

In the meantime, I had also finalized the shape and size of the cup. The idea of having a round bottom was
scraped as it was not very practical to have a round cup with a wide brim yet a narrow bottom. Instead, the cup
was designed to be more angular, akin to an hour glass except the top was bigger than the bottom.