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Friday, September 30, 2005

Chad Frownfelter teapot maker

Open Studios event aims to raise awareness about New Bedford Massachusetts artists.
The inaugural New Bedford Open Studios takes place this weekend. At least 65 artists will open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
"There are a lot of good artists in New Bedford," said sculptor Chad Frownfelter. "I feel like they don't get the recognition they deserve."
Mr. Frownfelter, 31, makes teapots and other functional objects in character designs.
One of his teapots, a clown in a roller coaster car, pours two cups of tea at once from the dual exhaust.
Another depicts President George W. Bush sitting on the Earth, riding it like a horse. Tea pours from the globe, and the teapot sits on a tray shaped like a pile of Monopoly money.
New Bedford Open Studios will give art lovers a window into the places where local artists create paintings, prints, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and glass.
Taken from an article by JENNETTE BARNES, Standard-Times staff writer
Read the full article here

Teapot collectors seek aid for child charity book

DORIS and Rosemary with one of their many teapots which was used as the inspiration for their stories.DORIS and Rosemary with one of their many teapots which was used as the inspiration for their stories.
TWO novelty teapot collectors are using their shared interest to write a book and raise money for children in need throughout Middleton.
The Middleton & North Manchester Guardian is backing their idea with an offer to adminster the profits free of charge from the sale of the books - but to get the ball rolling they first need sponsors to help get the book published.
Inspired by the eccentric and fascinating designs of the teapots in their collection, Doris Ligget, 69, and Rosemary Platt-Heaney, 67, decided to combine their efforts and talents to write a collection of children's stories and poems for local child-based good causes.
Rosemary, who was also the author of the popular Bobby Bear books for Booth Hall Hospital in the 1980s, said: “Each story and poem is a unique magical adventure. We wanted to do something that would help the children and as we were both avid teapot collectors we decided to use that as our base and came up with the idea of writing a book about magical teapots.
“The characters are all picked from our own collections. There is a story about a old fashioned motorcar teapot and a clown teapot together with nine other pieces which we think will appeal to all children.”
The two grandmothers met in 1997 through a line dancing class and together developed their love of writing and raising money for charity.
Doris, of Ullswater Drive, said: “I used to write short stories which I would read to my grandchildren. Then when I met Rosemary she steered me through a difficult time in my life and helped me with my writing. I now write all the time, I find it is a great outlet and lets you enter a different world.”
All the stories are now completed and they are now looking for sponsorship to get their book, entitled Teapot Tales for Tweenies, published.
The Middleton Guardian has agreed to be trustee for the charity to ensure the writers' wish of making sure every penny collected goes to help local children.
Rosemary, of Rosthwaite Close, said: “We want every child to receive every penny of what we make. We don't believe in administration costs. We have been very lucky so we wanted to do something to help those children in hospital and those with learning difficulties and with disabilities.”
Emma Mountford
First published by the Middleton Guardian

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wedgwood Dancing Hours teapot

Wedgwood Dancing Hours teapot in pale blue jasper, circa 1810.
Jasperware was the innovation of which the great potter, himself, was most proud.
Josiah Wedgwood was a rarity: a prominent and successful man who embraced radical causes.
He actively supported the American Revolution and campaigned against slavery. Wedgwood devoted the closing decades of the 1700s to the manufacture of attractive, serviceable, and above all inexpensive tea services. When the government abolished the onerous tea tax in 1784, sales of tea -- and Wedgwood's teapots -- boomed. Tea became what it is today -- the national drink of England. Many of old Josiah's teapots were durable enough to survive to this day.

Did I read that office sign correctly!!

Sign in an office:

Collecting Teapots (Instant Expert)

Instant Expert: Collecting Teapots (Instant Expert)
Leah Ruth Robinson
This book provides the tools you need to begin collecting teapots. The author is an enthusiastic teapot collector and she provides insider tips on what's hot, current market trends, perfecting your buying and selling techniques and a list of teapot collecting resources. She also mentions ME!!! Almost everyone has a teapot and every teapot has a story. Teapots are whimsical; teapots are fun; whether functional or novelty, there's a teapot for every collector. 166 pages, soft cover.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Operation Teapot

J.C.Nottelmann was a Canadian participant at Operation Teapot.
His daughter Sharon Morrison sent pictures of his Teapot certificate,
a newspaper article and a picture of the Apple 2 detonation.
Her father was one of the first Canadian troops to participate in the atomic tests in Nevada.
Original article

Teapots and Quails and Other Nonsenses

Teapots and Quails and Other Nonsenses (Hardcover)
by Edward Lear (Author)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar

The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar is a year of lovely interludes filled with charm and ritual, and features cherished teapots in evocative tea-time settings. A rosebedecked Nippon tea set circa 1891. A rare WWII “Freedom and Democracy” teapot. An art deco Royal Doulton pot abloom with hydrangeas. The teapots, culled from private collections, museums, and tea company archives, have been photographed by Martin Brigdale. Accompanying each is informative text by collector and connoisseur Joni Miller.
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Flying Teapot by Gong

Digitally Remastered Edition of the 1973 Release from Group Led by Daevid Allen,
the First Part of What was to Become Known as their "Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy".
The Album is an Avant Garde Collection of Sound Effects, Jazzy Improvisation and Comic Vocals, all Displaying the Group's Sense of Humour and Wacky Approach to their Music. "The Pot Head Pixies" and "The Witch's Spell" Are Perfect Examples of their Unique Musical Style.
Track listing
1. Radio Gnome Invisible
2. Flying Teapot
3. Pot Head Pixies
4. Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine
5. Zero The Hero And The Witch's Spell
6. Witch's Song / I Am Your Pussy

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"Wesley Wedgwood" Teapot

This teapot is a nineteenth century reproduction of the famous
teapot presented to John Wesley by Josiah Wedgwood in 1761.
The original teapot is preserved in Wesley's house on Chapel Road,
London. Rev. John Cennick wrote the inscribed "Wesley Graces".
The teapot's design is said to have been copied from Wedgwood's
wife's apron and is called "Calico" or "Wesley Wedgwood".
The inscription reads...
"We thank thee Lord for this our food
But more because of Jesus blood
Let manna to our Souls be given
The bread of Life sent down from Heaven

Be present at our Table Lord
Be here and everywhere ador'd
These creatures blefs & grant that we
May feast in Paradice with thee"

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Mrs Polar Bear Teapot [the last one]

She has just sold on Ebay for £322.24 and is going to a lovely home in a museum in Sparta!

Teapots: Makers & Collectors

Originally uploaded by Andy Titcomb.

Dona Z. Meilach is an art historian, lecture and the author of over 50 books on various arts and craft. Her latest book , Teapots: Makers & Collectors, tackles the burgeoning activity of teapot making and collecting with over 450 images of teapots from 227 artists in fourteen countries.

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Originally uploaded by Andy Titcomb.

Internationally known ceramist Yoshiro Ikeda was felled by a stroke last December. He almost gave up his art -- until it saved him.
When Yoshiro Ikeda suffered a stroke a year ago, the aftereffects barely slowed him down.
The internationally recognized artist -- he is head of the ceramics department at Kansas State University -- continued to shape clay vessels and teapots by hand. He continued to decorate them with glazes of his own concoction, and loaded them into the kiln for firing. He often repeated the process, adding marks and layers of colors to his designs.
The stroke a year ago didn't bother Ikeda too much, he said. But he had a second stroke last December.
"The second one really hurts," Ikeda said by phone from his office at KSU earlier this month. "I cannot speak right; balance was terrible, walking was terrible. I thought about quitting everything."
Proof that he didn't is on view at Trish Higgins Fine Art at Inn at the Park on Douglas Avenue. Sitting in the parlor of the neoclassic bed-and-breakfast are five ceramic vessels made by Ikeda last summer.
Ikeda's spirit was put to the test when his body failed him last December. It was his physician who encouraged him to keep working with clay.
His art became his physical therapy. His condition has improved.
"I never take a break," Ikeda said. "I am making work continually. I never slow down."
Original article by CHRIS SHULL for The Wichita Eagle

Dragon Teapot

Dragon Teapot
Originally uploaded by pirate johnny.

I'm a little dragon, short & stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

green soda glazed Teapot

green soda
Originally uploaded by ikahime.

Made by Ikahime

help with identifying teapot

Can anyone help with identifying the maker of this teapot?

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Alices teaparty

From an album called Nippon pilgrimage

Le tour de Lance teapot

from an album called Le tour de Lance

embroidered teapot

Friday, September 23, 2005

I'm a bigger teapot...

I'm a bigger teapot...
Originally uploaded by hurleygurley.

Fish teapot mystery

Roger in Cambridge, Minnesota, USA would like to know more about this teapot.It's metal [iron, since a magnet sticks to it] The handle, fin, and lips are measures 12 inches lip to handle. Can you help?

Giant teapot in Bahrain

Giant teapot in Bahrain. The main mosque is seen in the background.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Mr Polar Bear teapot [the last one]

Made by me...Andy Titcomb. This is number 5 from a limited edition of 5 The original design was retired nearly 10 years ago this edition was made especially for the Teapot Designer Rally 11th June 2005 Bovey Tracey Devon Uk He has extra special clothes and detail....Mr Polar bear has a rather fetching goatee beard [not unlike the one sported by myself at the time!]and a gold lustred bowtie. His shorts are decorated with the tropical locations of the main teapot makers who attended the event. The moulds have now been destroyed... there will be no more Mr Polar Bear teapots made EVER! This one is on Ebay now.

Teapot Tree!

Originally uploaded by pennymayb.


Originally uploaded by Sweet Freak.

Unusual teapot at Peddlers fair

Sagittarius' Teapot

To find Sagittarius' Teapot
First find Scorpius and its bright-star heart, Antares, follow it down to the scorpion's tail and you will see the Teapot
pouring celestial glow upon it. You might have to strain a bit to make out a teapot configuration!
Look for the top of the teapot, a single star named Kaus Borealis. Now drop your eye and make out seven stars clustered in a rough quadrangle.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Emu Egg Glaze teapot

Teapot with Emu Egg Glaze by Goldenberg Ceramic Designs

model teapot design school project

First model teapot design school project by "enjumuneer"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Wallace and Gromit up for auction again

Cardew's are offering you another chance to buy a complete set of one off prototype teapots and other ornaments based on the loveable and highly collectable characters of "Wallace and Gromit". These pieces are the original designs, produced by Paul
Cardew in their Design Studio based in Devon and they were commissioned by Aardman
to produce each design. The teapots that will be going into production will vary
in either colour or design. Each item is fully functional and will be personally signed by Paul Cardew.

To view the auction click here

Teapot Part II

Teapot, Part II
Originally uploaded by Amidasu.

It's a long exposure image, the red/orange glow comes from the tea which is illuminated by the candles in the teapot warmer.

Mrs Polar Bear teapot # 5 of a limited edition of 5

This is number 5 from a limited edition of 5 The original design was retired nearly 10 years ago this edition was made especially for the Teapot Designer Rally 11th June 2005 Bovey Tracey Devon Uk She has extra special clothes and detail....Mrs Polar bear is rather risque in her peep-hole bra red lipstick and painted toenails. The moulds have now been destroyed... there will be no more Mrs Polar Bear teapots made EVER!
I have put the last one on Ebay [click here to view]

Teapot ... Neon Museum Las Vegas

Originally uploaded by blue man.

Teapot Cactus!

TPot Cactus
Originally uploaded by sakraft1.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Origami Teapot!

Looking for a little creativi-tea? Feeling craf-tea? Here's a fun project! Fold with foil or other light paper -- six inch size seems to work best. Makes a charming bookmark, card decoration, or doll's teapot.
Fold several in different colours; glue a string on the back of each one, loop over a hook, and hang on your Christmas tree!
Thanks to catteacorner

Teapot font!

Teapot is an Ingrimayne Type font family with 1 style priced from $14.95.
More details here

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Frog/toad teapot?

Photoshop a frog (or toad) in any way you choose! Contest (No Kermit, please!) Have fun, keep it clean, and no cliches please. You have 48 hours to submit so hop to it!

George Bush Car Teapot

The George Bush Car teapot from Carltonware
Visit the Carlton Ware On-Line Shop to Order

Saturday, September 17, 2005

1935 Trailer Tea Pot

1935 Trailer [caravan] Tea Pot
Ideal for your mobile home!
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Bouncy Teapot Castle!

Hire a Bouncy Teapot Castle for your tea party!
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Calcia teapot by Susan Collett

Calcia teapot
41 cm x 25 cm,
ceramic, 2003
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Friday, September 16, 2005

Ruby Cafe teapot sign

Ruby Cafe teapot sign from Photographs of Ambergris Caye Belize

Stout collection of teapots comes to N.C.

SPARTA, N.C. - In May, a 51-foot tractor-trailer snaked through the mountains of Allegheny County and deposited at a warehouse here 1,600 boxes containing more than 4,000 teapots.
And that's only the half of it.
The Sparta Teapot Museum is under way, with the nationally-known collection of millionaire lawyer Sonny Kamm moving from California to North Carolina, perhaps as many as 10,000 items, including one almost 6 feet tall. Museum backers have bought land downtown, hired an architect and are raising money.
Backers think the teapot museum, about seven miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, will ring cash registers with an estimated 61,000 visitors a year.
"This is an opportunity for the arts to lead the revitalization," Halsey said.
Curator Mary Douglas works at a computer entering each piece - teapots by famous artists and more humble items - wondering just how many pieces Kamm has.
"There's no way to know until it's all counted," Douglas said. "We need to start a betting pool."
From his Los Angeles home, Kamm kept up with North Carolina's teapot tempest. He sees a silver lining: teaching people about the museum.
Kamm has always wanted his collection to go to a small town and be a focus for economic development.
Kamm is a populist collector, as likely to buy work at a flea market as at Christie's auction house.
The collection he and his wife, Gloria, have was amassed over 25 years.
The collection includes a teapot in the shape of a V8 engine and others with portraits of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe and one made of folded $5 bills.
The Kamms still are collecting, sending about 10 pieces per month directly to the Sparta warehouse.
"It's overwhelming," curator Mary Douglas said.
Halsey said the collection has not been appraised but has been valued at $5 million.
Kamm wants crowds in Sparta, too.
"We want them to laugh, talk to the people they're with," he said.
"we don't want a serious mausoleum-type museum. We have to appeal to a wide variety of people who travel the Blue Ridge Parkway, all the way from hunters to grandmas."
By Richard Maschal
Full article here

Moth Teapot

Originally uploaded by yoli love you.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The teatem pole

Rod Humby never liked the sight of the washing line post in his garden. So he turned it into a ceramic totem sculpture with salvaged and scavenged crockery. It looks precarious, but actually the original metal pole runs up the middle, with the pieces threaded over the top and bonded with coloured mortar.
It never fails to get a comment and an opinion from anyone who sees it!
the Joy of Shards Mosaics Resource

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Steve Dixon ‘Three Horse Race’

Steve Dixon ‘Three Horse Race’, commemorative teapot. 1993. ( Bill Clinton’s first Presidential election victory.)

Richard Godfrey teapot

Teapot - slab-built, slip decorated' Height 24cms, by Richard Godfrey. For more information on Richard Godfrey, click here
£180.00 The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Teapot made by Helen Halliday

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Golly Car Teapot

Golly Car Teapot from carlton ware £50.00
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Roger Michell

Rose tea, lemon, and teapot in the sun

Owl Dishtowel

Owl Dishtowel
Originally uploaded by Bella Dia.

Vintage embroidered dish towel

Saturday, September 10, 2005

"Alligator Handle Teapot"

Scott Schoenherr
"Alligator Handle Teapot"
8.5" h x 9" w x 3" d
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Wood block teapot Ah Leon

Wood block teapot Ah Leon

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Twelve teapots

They're lined up on a garage roof in an alley in Venice Beach.
Twelve teapots
Originally uploaded by Joey Harrison.