You can never have too many teapots..

Many of us have enjoyed the Regency splendour of shows like Bridgerton with the elaborate tea settings in glorious palaces and stately homes lately. Together with popular shows, The Crown, Sanditon, Downtown Abby, or The Queen and Pride Prejudice have given rise to increased interest in many of our everyday objects; tea sets, vintage delicate china cups, saucers, and teapots. The humble teapot that was once ubiquitous on every kitchen table for breakfast each morning has been elevated to one of style, elegance, and trend.

The Dailly Painters

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. Barbara Roberts…

The warmth of friendship is hidden in all elements of the design of the teapot. There is something comforting about the mere sight of a teapot, they are at once charming, cute, practical and elegant. Made in bone china, porcelain, stoneware, cast iron, glass, enamel, copper or my favourite silver; teapots come in a myriad of styles. to suit just how you like to serve Tea. Earthy tones, cutesy teaware or sleek eco minimalist designs, geometrics or brights, traditional, elegant or novelty, contemporary, vintage, antique, or practical. Teapots do not have to be expensive or elaborate, and can be whatever style makes you smile; quirky, fun, whimsical, elegant, delicate, heavy-duty, refined or plain and simple. For me, an elegant porcelain teapot and a delicate lipped china teacup is always a pleasing start to the day that I feel brings a taste of charm to modern living.

Joy Olney-TDP

“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”

Zen Haiku

Susan Elizabeth Jones -TDP

It is important that everyday things we use repeatably are not only well designed and functional but also beautiful. Placing the emphasis in design on Aesthetics is something I’m passionate about. Whether we are decorating a room or an outdoor space, cooking and serving food for guests or choosing items for practical use in the home, if our choices are attractive they will make us feel better, uplift the soul and ultimately make us happier. Donald Norman a clinical psychologist and designer who states in his book Emotional Design: Why We Love ( or Hate) Everyday Things

Products must be affordable, functional, and pleasurable. And above all a pleasure to own, a pleasure to use. After all, attractive things work better.

Yana Golikova-TDP

This quote by the famous 19th-century socialist, designer and craftsman Willaim Morris is a gem in this regard and a great maxim to live by.

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris 1880

The essence of this motto is one worth trying – if it does not make you happy, give it away (one person’s trash is said to be another person’s treasure) and you will feel wonderful to free yourself from feelings or emotions that arise from things you dislike or do not make you feel uplifted.

Pixabay

Let the future of everyday things be ones that do their job, that are easy to use, and that provide enjoyment and pleasure.

Donald Norman

Jelaine Faunce TDP

Each morning as I make tea, I press on my gooseneck variable temperature kettle, and it just makes me happy. Similarly, if hundreds of other everyday objects are well designed, balanced, and have a smooth tactile feel they can make a world of difference to our experience. . In a pleasing environment, we are much more likely to handle stress or problems than in spaces filled with things we do not like that create negative thoughts or irritate us.

Julie Ford Oliver -TDP

“He brewed his tea in a blue china pot, poured it into a chipped white cup with forget-me-nots on the handle, and dropped in a dollop of honey and cream. He sat by the window, cup in hand, watching the first snowfall. ‘I am,’ he sighed deeply, ‘contented as a clam. I am a most happy man.

Ethel Pochocki

Nance Danforth -TDP

Tea is all about comfort and whether you make tea for yourself to break the day into segments whilst working, or made for you by a loved one to warm you in the winter or refresh in the morning. Afternoon Tea or High Tea, a friend over for a chat or a Tea to console a friend; Tea is special. And made all the more spesh by using your favourite Teapot, teacup or mug.

It is an enchanting story of Teapot design with its origins in the early Sung Chinese dynasty 960-1279. Today, because Teapots are commonplace, we see them everywhere, and the simple elements of a teapot are timeless with different cultures across the world adding their own unique style to teapot design.

Walter Gropius TAC Teapot

Contemporary Teapots are often based on traditional and historical teapots like the unglazed Yixing clay Teapots, Japanese teapots, or early Georgian silver teapots, and the classic English brown Betty. There is a fascinating, long history of Teapots that spans the class systems of China, Japan, The Middle East, the USA and Europe but more on that another day. Modern designers continue to make sensational, beautifully designed and functional teapots, such as Eva Solo, George Jensen, Moda, Bodum, Stelton, and Limoges. Rosenthal still makes replicas of the Walter Gropius Bauhaus design teapot pictured above.

“The path to heaven passes through a teapot.”

Ancient Proverb

Teapot design needs to be both functional and pleasing to the eye. A Teapot should always have a comfortable handle, that one can lift easily and pour the boiling tea without difficulty. The spout should not drip nor should the lid come loose and be able to hold the heat of the water for as long as possible.

Ans Debije -TDP

Teapots are so tempting with their many colours, designs, shapes and sizes. They are at once charming and homely conjuring up fireside evenings and vintage old fashioned farmhouse settings. A teapot heralds a chance to enjoy Tea with a friend as you share confidence or as comfort and solace to someone in distress. On the other hand, a teapot can be sophisticated, elegant, regal and ornamented enlivening a feeling of belonging in a stately English Manor as described in the following quotes

“The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.”

Carol and Malcolm Cohen

Fine Art America

Every time I drink hot tea I suddenly feel very sophisticated and I subconsciously begin to gravitate toward a British accent.

Keith Wynn

Teapots are the most collected objects in the art and craft world so perhaps the popularity of tea may have something to do with the passion for collecting teapots. In Leura NSW Australia, there is a tea shop called Bygone Beauties with a collection of 6,000 Teapots.

 In the USA state of Tennessee, the Trenton Teapot Museum houses the World’s Largest Collection of Porcelain Veilleuses-Theieres, an ornate type of teapot often called a night-light teapot. The teapots on display date from 1750 to 1860.

The most extensive collection of teapots belongs to Tang Yu in China – 30,000 different teapots dating from the Song Dynasty to 1955.

Chris Fogarty -TDP

And in Yalding, Kent, UK, there is a museum called The Teapot Island. The collection began when the owner was gifted a teapot by her grandmother in 1983. It is home now for 8,200 teapots including a 3-metre tall teapot imported from Germany in 2004, used as a Wishing Well to raise funds for Kent Air Ambulance plus a staggering 2,000 teapots for sale.

Also, in the UK, a collection of 1,700 Teawares dating from the Song Dynasty to today, including tea sets and tea caddies by Fabergé and a teapot once owned by Admiral Lord Nelson, a teapot gifted by Winston Churchill to his daughter. This collection is The Chitra Collection, the world’s most extensive private collection of teawares, including “The Egoist”, awarded the World’s Most Valuable Teapot by the Guinness Book of World Record estimated at 3 million. The teapot is covered in precious stones – diamonds and rubies and the handle has been crafted with mammoth ivory.

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Teapots are not generally known for their aerodynamic qualities, hence the proclivity for their use during breaks between fighting rather than as an actual weapon of war.

Jeffrey Russell

Theresa Taylor Bayer-TDP

Now, there is no harm in a teapot, even if it contains tea, if it is let alone.

Bingham Young

Content Di Baker 2021 and Images as cited

Original Artworks are artists from The Daily Paintworks- TDP

The header Image on Theteapotsite.com is by
 Diane McClary – Roses and Tea