Teapots of Tomorrow

The story of the teapots creation is nothing more than a convoluted mystery. Author Chou Kao-ch’I said that potters from outside of Shanghai became famous for teapots in the early sixteenth century. These were described as boccarro from the small, individual, yet large mouthed Portuguese pots. Other scholars dispute the theory, saying instead that the Chinese never did use actual teapots. Instead they brewed the tea directly in the cup as it is still done in some Chinese restaurants today. Some believe that the design inspiration came from Islamic coffee pots, while others claim it was the imported Chinese wine vessels misinterpreted to be used for the tea it came packed with. Nevertheless, as functional teapots gained popularity in the 18th century throughout Europe, creative minds caught on. Mass-production began with the East India Company, was changed by the breakthrough of porcelain, and altered again with the use of silver. Like other art forms it went through periods of Renaissance, Gothic, Chinese, Moorish, Arts and Crafts, Japanese, and Art Nouveau styles. Today the evolution of teapot design continues to evolve with new artists like Erin Wells (http://www.erinwellsdesign.com/) and Mary Markeenan (http://www.marymarkeenan.com/). No matter what your teapot preference, one can only hope that it’s what’s inside that matters most—good, quality, comforting or invigorating, home-brewed tea.

http://wandadesigns.blogspot.com/2007/02/brand-new-teapots.html

Pictured teapot from Wanda's Designs (http://wandadesigns.blogspot.com/2007/02/brand-new-teapots.html)

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      Apr 28, 2010

      Where do we find the teapot in the photo from? Its super unique.

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      Apr 28, 2010

      Nice Blog Danielle! Ani and I both added you as a friend. Check out your profile and you should see the friend request.

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      Apr 29, 2010

      I love the animal faces on the pot. Is that paint or colored glass?

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      Apr 30, 2010

      I started collecting teapots 6 years ago and havent had the chance to continue my hobby lately, but your article sparks me.

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      Jun 5, 2010

      Wow, I bet a teapot like that is pricey!

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