During the summer of 2009 I was helping my mother prepare to move again. As we were packing up her photographs and dishes, she told me that she had decided to give away her teacup collection,
dividing it up between her daughters, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters. Always fascinated by these teacups that I was never allowed to touch, the threat of losing the collection inspired me to document them. I wanted to know who gave her each one, why, and when. As I began photographing them I asked
her to tell me the story behind each one. Much like when I ask her about my childhood, she couldn't remember. Like many large families, milestones blend together. It's often hard for her to distinguish
between memories of my childhood and my sisters.'
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