Life is short... use the good china.

About us

The Brooklyn Teacup is a woman-owned and operated small business dedicated to giving vintage china new life. We believe that like all things that add joy and beauty to our lives, china should be used and enjoyed, not just tucked away for special occasions.

Ariel, Founder & Chief Upcycling Officer

Master of Shipping, Lover of Blue & White

Louisa, Chief Systems Officer

Master of Rules and Lover of Teacups

Emma, Chief Design Officer

Master of Pattern Play & Resident 20-Something

Frankie, Chief Jill of All Trades

Master of DIY & Keeper of Calm

Justin, Chief Unpaid Intern

Schlepper of China & Mostly Obliging "IG Husband"

People often ask Ariel,

"Did you always have an interest in china?"

Her answer? In short, "no, not really."

Meet Ariel, Founder & Chief Upcycling Officer

As she explains it, Growing up, I watched the important women in my life take out these delicate and decorative pieces for a handful of important events throughout the year—mostly holidays and milestone celebrations. I didn't realize it then, but setting the table with the "good china" was a ritual that elevated the occasion and created the space to slow down and appreciate the moment.

Ariel's background is in nonprofit management. After graduate school, she spent 5 years at a nonprofit working to improve early childhood programs across the state of New York.

What inspires us...

Preserving and passing down family memories

Making heirlooms modern, elegant and accessible.

Meet Ariel's grandmother, Ruth "Granny" Davis

At 103, she remains the family matriarch and the keeper of so many of the memories and traditions Ariel cherishes. In addition to hosting holidays and Passover Seders with the china pictured here, which she received as a wedding gift in 1941 (!!), Granny also used the dainty teacups and saucers to host tea parties for Ariel and her sisters.

Naturally, the Davis sisters shared a fondness for the china, but none wanted to keep the entire set. So with Granny's blessing, in the lead-up to her 100th birthday, The Brooklyn Teacup upcycled Granny's entire collection to make parting gifts for the friends and loved ones who attended.

Granny now uses her own teacup stand to serve treats to company. And it gives her pleasure knowing that so many of her loved ones now have a little piece of her in their homes, too.

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