Over the years the container developed from jugs or ewers to objects that have a spout and later a spout and a lid.
Those very early European teapots often times exploded from the hot water. My guess is that is where the habit of the English came from to rinse the teapot with hot water before they fill it with tealeaves and the actual water to brew the tea.
Collecting teapots was another development during the early days of teapot making in Europe. People started to make teapots that will only become an ornament on their display shelves. Animal teapots, teapots from fruit and any other subject matter became popular. The number of teapot collectors is still growing today.
Teapots can tell stories
One of the most known potters using the teapot to protest against war is Richard Notkin. In the ceramic magazine: Ceramics Art and Perception (issue 86 of 2011) I reviewed this artist in the following article “Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist plea For Sanity” A huge part of the article is a review of how he succeed to use the teapot elements to convey his message.
In a review (Ceramics Monthly of October 2011) about a teapot exhibition in the Robert T Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake Illinois, I explained that there is sometimes a bridge between ornamental and domestic teapots. During this show there were a few ceramic artists that were very successful in bridging ornament and utility.
Pete Pinnell, Robert Archambeau and Sam Chung all created teapots, not only beautiful in appearance, but invite the user to test its utilitarian qualities.
I can see myself pouring tea to friends and family from this teapot, while we have a live discussion about the jewel-like accents that do not only repeat itself in the shape of the body, but also is repeated in the knob.
New teapot e-courses by Antoinette
In upcoming classes we will create slab build, coiled and press molded teapots and for those that may be interested in expressive teapots we will have a teapot e- course “From idea to concept”.
Buying teapots and other porcelain
We want to invite you to my showroom in Saltillo Mississippi to buy all your fall and Christmas gifts, directly from us.