Our Story


Ariel carrying two 3 tiered serving stands in front of brick wall  Brooklyn

 The idea for The Brooklyn Teacup emerged in the Spring of 2018, when, out on a late-night run on the sidewalks of south Brooklyn, I nearly stumbled over a collection of beautiful fine china that had been put out with someone's trash. After rescuing the delicate treasures from certain destruction by the NYC Department of Sanitation, I resolved to upcycle the pieces into tiered cake stands—my favorite type of whimsical and versatile tabletop décor—to gift to friends and family.

The only problem was...I couldn’t find a single business willing to drill holes through my assortment of found treasures! So, like any woman on a mission, I set my mind to learning how to do it myself. In the process, I came to discover just how many people I knew had beautiful dishes, bowls, teacups and more, tucked away in storage that they only kept for sentimental reasons (a.k.a. guilt).

learning to work a drill press to upcycle fine china

Emboldened by this knowledge and the support of loved ones, I created The Brooklyn Teacup with the intention of preserving the nostalgic essence of fine china but through a practical and modern application. This way, family heirlooms could be enjoyed, shared, and passed down for generations to come—instead of collecting dust or (gasp!) winding up on the curb.

 Granny with her upcycled wedding china (from 1940)