Babette Donaldson, Author
Babette was born in Houston, Texas where she first was distracted from her writing by a career as an Occupational Therapist with a specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. Working at the Austin State Hospital, she used writing, art, music and drama and physical exercise as her primary tools to work with the institutionalized children. She also lived in Germany and worked in the English speaking schools for both military and diplomatic services.
Moving to San Francisco in the early 70′s, writing and art became her focus. Completing her creative writing degree then continuing to work in ceramic sculpture.
“Each semester there would be a new assignment that related to tea. Teapots, both functional and abstract, were constantly in process. Making tea bowls was a meditation. Living in San Francisco provided an opportunity to experience tea from other cultures. Japantown and Chinatown were filled with antique teawares and tea as I had never seen it before. My passion for tea was fueled by the way in which it so many things in my life together.”
She is now living in Nevada City with her husband. Their two sons are both in college and she enjoys the freedom to write, travel and teach what inspires her about tea.