Teapots are fascinating, I have a nice collection of them that I use often depending on the guests or the Tea event. My troupe of Teapots includes an Italian Spode family Teapot, various silver Teapots, a bright yellow breakfast Teapot, an 1980’s Laura Ashley Teapot, a Mother of pearl and brass one from Vietnam, a beautiful large English blue, aladdin’s lamp shaped Teapot, a small white coalport countryware one, a Royal Doulton classic white teapot, and many more.
Where would we be without The Teapot? Forever reliant on tea bags. I do like teabags for the ease of cleaning and they make tea so quickly, but there is nothing better than a proper pot of Tea made for everyone and shared around the table. As Francois de la Rouchefoucauld wrote in 1784,
“Throughout the whole of England the drinking of tea is general. You have it twice a day and though the expense is considerable, the humblest peasant has his tea, just like the rich man”.
It is the same today, we can grab a quick Tea in a takeaway cup, sit down and enjoy a Tea in an enamel mug or choose the best mug in the workplace kitchen, to enjoy a Tea on a break. Just drop a teabag in, add boiling water, splash of milk and you’re done.
For 400 years designers have had the perfect item to be creative with. The old adage ‘form follows function’ provides the perfect opportunity to design a well balanced, functional yet beautiful object. A designers dream and there are millions of Teapots designers across the world through the ages that have done just that.
The Teapot has inspired whimsical, fun, outlandish and fanciful designs in bold, eccentric shapes as fantasy or novelty Teapots. Plus exquisite fine porcelain Teapots both modern, classic and traditional that one can only aspire to pour from. Then there are the stylish modern minimalist Teapots that are elegant and sleek or the humble everyday pottery Teapot on the kitchen bench.
No matter the style, cost or make of Teapots they add an extra level of charm to having Tea. A quiet air of elegance and one feels immediately more sophisticated using a Teapot. Even an enamel teapot in the kitchen at breakfast is more enjoyable.
One of my favourite Teapots that I don’t use but love, is a small, fine china childs Teapot that completes a dolly’s Tea set from my childhood.
Next time you reach for the Teabag consider the Teapot for adding that extra enchantment to your tea. It is worth it because
Every Teapot has a soul.Quote Yixing tea potter Ping Yu sourced from The daily Tea
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