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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

portobello antique arcade

portobello antique arcade
Originally uploaded by Nyx.

Rosanna Bowles Teaset

Distinctively different teapot from Rosanna in pretty pastel green and pink. Boxed.
In 1982, Seattle-based designer Rosanna Bowles set out to start her own tableware business. Recalling happy memories of her childhood, Rosanna's goal was to create high-quality, functional tableware that was both richly handcrafted and affordable.
Available from John Lewis Stores

Monday, January 30, 2006

Chinese Year of the Dog

More than 200,000 people are estimated to have joined London's celebrations to welcome the Chinese New Year.
A grand parade of dragons and lions, drums, ribbon and fan dancers kick-started the event - thought to be one of the largest outside China.
Marking the Year of the Dog, the procession made its way along Charing Cross Road to Trafalgar Square.

Yohen Tsrude

Beautiful teapot was made by Ito seiji in Takoname Japan. The Yohen [natural ash glaze technique] leaves a rustic and natural impression which is accented by it's natural dried vine handle.

Teapot Clock Potholder

Teapot Clock Potholder
This is a pattern from the 1950's
For details on how to make it click here

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Zen Teapot!

Zen Teapot
Originally uploaded by Jujube.

4 spouts!!

Shanghai Museum teapot

Another teapot
Originally uploaded by horses and tigers.

'Fenice' teapot and creamer

Lino Sabattini. 'Fenice' teapot and creamer, 1 Teapot, H. 16.5 cm; creamer, H. 12 cm. Made by Sabattini, Milan in 1995.
Silver-plated brass. With a starting bid of £1000 on ebay!!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sorapot hit the nail on the head, describing it as “impractical, unwieldy,and lovely!”
So what exactly is a “Sorapot”? Though it might take a second at first to recognize the Sorapot as a teapot, the design is immediately striking — it’s simple yet stylish. “Blending art and science, Sorapot is a futuristic, sleek teapot,” raves Zink, a design magazine.
The beauty of the Sorapot is that it is undeniably still a teapot underneath its modern design. “Sorapot is instantly recognizable as a vessel for making tea,” wrote Roth on, one of the retailers lined up for his creation, “because it is a distillation of what a teapot is —spout, handle, and body.” It is also functional; the glass case comes out to make washing even easier than most one-piece teapots.
The name “Sorapot” comes from a prehistoric plant called the Sorapod, which inspired the shape of the teapot. Later, Roth discovered that “sora” means “sky” in Japanese, which, he admits, “I guess also makes sense, as the tea is suspended in a tube above the surface on which the pot is placed.”
On his Web site,, Roth wrote that the Sorapot “is designed to bring health and balance to the user’s life by accentuating the act of preparing tea, thus encouraging people who drink tea occasionally or not at all to make tea a part of their daily lives.” This mission statement of sort is functionally applied by the clear glass case that the tea leaves are placed in. The tea drinker gets to watch the tea leaves unfurl, and light shining through the Sorapot will produce different twinkling colors based on the color of the tea.

Ugly Teapot Competition

We know you have one. That teapot that your slightly strange friend brought back from his or her trip abroad.
It doesn't fit your decor -- or anyone's, for that matter -- but you keep it and proudly display it, whenever that friend comes around, at least.
So bring it to the British Emporium's "Ugly Teapot Competition and Open House." Judging categories are ugliest, prettiest, "looney-est" and "most distressed." The juror is Byron Cain, president of the British American Chamber of Commerce North Texas.
Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to donate teapots to the store's Ugly Teapot Museum.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. today

The British Emporium
140 N. Main St.

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Curious Teapot

Co-Curators: Julie McClennan and David Charak
January 13 – March 5, 2006
This 10th Biennial Exhibition in the main Gallery examines artists’ interpretations of the teapot form in various media, including clay, fiber and metal.
This exhibit, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, combines literature and the artwork of surrealism to examine the concept of the “imagination run wild”
and how different forms of artwork communicate the ideas of the artists.
The standouts here are the twisted takes on the classic objet d'art,such as Annette Corcoran's faux Fabergé eggs and Rain Harris' absurdly baroque fetish pots.
There is a wonderful poster available to purchase too!
More details

Teapots East and West

EPSTEN GALLERY AT VILLAGE SHALOM Kansas: “Teapots: East and West From Collection of Lennie and Jerry Berkowitz.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closes Feb. 12.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Teapot Cafe!

Originally uploaded by drtomm2kc.

This Photo was taken at Tacoma, WA...on Center Street. It's a local icon and is a cafe/bar.

A nice cup of tea and a sit down?

A nice cup of tea and a sit down?
Originally uploaded by purplegirl1000.

For Sale at

Anarchist Teapot!

Anarchist Teapot Mobile Kitchen...are an anarchist collective that cooks at events they want to support.
They are predominantly based in Brighton but have cooked at events all over the country.
They cook affordable, vegan, GM-free and mostly organic food.
They don't aim to make profits and they don't pay themselves.
If you are organising an event and you would like them to cook at it please get in touch.

Teapot Tower Sculpture

Teapot Tower Sculpture made by Michael McMillen, 2000
Part of The Artful Teapot 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection
This impressive teapot stands about 5 feet tall, and is the first piece of the exhibit. The elaborate mechanisms of the design are intricately detailed, though I'm not sure if any of them actually function!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kat's first attempt at a teapot!

Originally uploaded by katskill8.

Kat finished building her first teapot today...

Celebrity Teapot Auction

Muhammad Ali and Hilary Clinton were among the 39 celebrities who decorated and autographed teapots to benefit the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester New York.
Details of the auction

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sandi Donnelly teapot

Sandi Donnelly - Mud Lark Studio Pottery
Freeport Maine
Teapot - Earthenware clay carved with terra sigillata and green matt glaze.
Fired to cone 04. 6 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3".
Teapots are one-of-a -kind. Prices vary between $95.- $125.
More details about Sandi Donnelly

Monday, January 23, 2006

Paul Jackson teapot

Teapot from the "Barcelona group" by Paul Jackson who lives in the next village to me.
As its name suggests, the Barcelona Group is a direct response to the architecture of the city, finding expression in abstract rhythmic form and lively humorous colour.
See more from Paul Jackson

Sunday, January 22, 2006

drawing up for auction!

...framed drawing with working notes of Italian AGA teapot from The Teapottery.
All bids must be in by 17 February and they suggest starting bids in the region of £20.00?

teapot no. 21

teapot no. 21
Originally uploaded by tortuga del bosque.

teapot no. 21
Watercolor in a small moleskine sketch journal.
No. 21 of 100 teapots.
Check out the entire set.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Doris Lahay teapot purse

TEA TIME - Doris Lahay collects teapots and enjoys anything having to do with tea.
Be the hit of your next luncheon with one of these purses.
Can be made in navy or cranberry coordinates.
Only $19.99 plus $5.00 shipping.
If you live in or near St. Louis, Doris can personally deliver to you at no extra charge. More details here

Friday, January 20, 2006

Tea history lesson

In 1610, the Dutch East India Company carried the first consignment of Chinese tea to Europe. From there, tea was transported across the world before British legislation gave a tea monopoly in the American colonies to the British East India Co. when the competition's duty regulations were "adjusted" to allow the failing companies a chance to sell its large tea surplus below prices charged by colonial competitors. Colonists opposed the act as another example of taxation without representation, and the historical 1773 Boston Tea Party incident took place. Led by Samuel Adams, American patriots dressed as Indians threw 342 chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbor as retaliation to the British.

By 1840, the British had calmed down enough to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea as a social act; hence, the custom of afternoon tea was born.
Full article

Andrew Guilder says...

Andrew Guilder says..."I hate decorative teapots, to be quite frank what is the point of them?"
"Decorative teapots have no point, they do not serve the purpose that they have been created for - to be filled up with tea and to pour it out.
They are a fancy, pretty looking waste of space, time, effort and should be chucked out onto the junk heap. Who gives a monkey if David Dickinson thinks it's pretty or well worth it! It's pap!
Any one care to comment?

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ellen Wallace's teapot

Originally uploaded by ellengwallace.

Reliably there every morning, with hot black Indian tea. The cozy is from Capetown in South Africa.

jitter 22

Originally uploaded by snogglethorpe.

Excellent rendered teapot by Snogglethorpe

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Advanced Teapot Workshop with Richard Notkin

Saturday January 21st — Sunday January 22nd
10 am - 5 pm each day
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA USA
To register, please contact Redbrick Studios at 978-927-5615
PEM and Redbrick members $225, non-members $250
Museum galleries and Redbrick Studios
This intensive two-day workshop kicks off with a tour of the Artful Teapot with artist Richard Notkin, focusing on the styles and history of ceramic teapots. William Sargent, PEM curator of Asian export art, leads a tour of additional examples of ceramic art found in the museum collections. Students will sketch teapots and consider styles and features of interest. Later, at Redbrick Studios in Beverly, Notkin presents a brief slide discussion of his work followed by hands-on pottery and glazing demonstrations. On Sunday, students work with Notkin at Redbrick to create ceramic versions of their sketches.
Redbrick Studios

Tortuga del Bosque

teapot no. 19
Originally uploaded by tortuga del bosque.

Drawn with dry erase marker on white board.
81 more teapots to go!

Gina Freuen Teapot

Gina Freuen
Slope Foot Teapot with Teapot Companion.
14" Tall x 14" wide x 4" deep, $325.00 SOLD
Porcelaineous white stoneware, wheel thrown and slab construction. Hand painted
with mid range stains to enhance the textures then glazed in Cone 6, gas fired kiln.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

HELEN GILMOUR, ceramic artist

HER teapots look good enough to cuddle ... as do her adorable mini sweaters and tactile-looking bowls. If anyone was to try, though, they'd get a nasty shock.
"They're very fragile," says Helen Gilmour, as she proudly surveys the shelves weighed down by the fruitful outcome of four years' imaginative graft.
"They're nice to look at but they're totally dysfunctional - you can't use them for tea."
Helen Gilmour has devised a novel method of turning knitted items into ceramics by dipping them in clay or porcelain and firing them.
The end result is a delicate woven structure where the wool, gaps, zips, bottoms and spouts are all finely moulded into shape.
The overall effect is stunning and is already winning admiring glances from Helen's tutors and the students who share the same Hill Street studio space.
As one of the more mature students, Helen came to art school having taken evening classes at Garnock Valley Arts Resource Centre in Ayrshire followed by an HNC in Ceramics at Cardonald College.
"I'd always wanted to go to art school but I'd never got round to doing it," says Helen, 53, from Kilbirnie whose two sons, aged 18 and 24, will proudly see their mum's handiwork at the degree show.
"I was so pleased to be accepted. The main reason that I came was to learn and I think I've done that."
After graduation is over Helen hopes to continue making her ceramics. Does this mean that she'll set up her own brand?
"I don't think so," she laughs. "I don't think I'll go into mass production!"

Teapots made by Sarah Dunstan

More details here

Monday, January 16, 2006

"Tower of Teapots"

Hand modelled in white earthenware.
Each pot acts as the lid of the one below -
5 graded chickens, standing 46 cms high, each a working teapot.
Transparent glaze fired to Cone 04.

Made by Jane Smith. UK

Little Hatchet Teapot

Little Hatchet Teapot
Made by Hongjie Cao
6" x 5.5" x 3"
The Clays Studio

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Photograph by Ruth Bernhard

photograph by Ruth Bernhard

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Spot of Tea

Originally uploaded by deltasly101.

Apocalyptic Teapot with Victim Cups

National Teapot Show VI
Ron Koehn - Apocalyptic Teapot with Victim Cups

Teapot cleaning tip!

If the inside of your china teapot is stained, just toss a denture-cleaning
tablet into it and pour in warm water to cover the stain. Let it sit for an
hour, then rinse with cool water.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Teapots East and West


Teapots: East and West from Collection of Lennie
and Jerry Berkowitz.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closes Feb. 12.

Teapot by Celise Paine

Title: Teapot
Year Created: 2005
Medium: Oil Painting
8 x 10 inches
From Absolute Arts

Nanking Drum Form Teapot

I think this is the most beautiful teapot I have ever seen!
Superb 18th C Chinese Export Nanking Drum Form Original Gilt Decorated Tea Pot Circa: 1785-1795
In A Superb State Of Original Preservation Without Any Damage,
Repair, Replacement Or Restoration. Height: 5" Length: 9 1/2"
From Equinox Antiques

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Camel teapot!

From Beruit
Originally uploaded by staticrooster.

Found on Flickr!

Ceramicist turns her attention to teapots

Ceramicist Teresa Chang is well known for her line of handmade dinnerware. Glazed in the palest tones of pumpkin, ginger, celadon and cream, her modern designs have been featured in the pages of such magazines as O, Elle Decor, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living and Lucky.
But recently, Chang set herself a new challenge in clay: building a better teapot.
"Most teapots don't work very well," said Chang, 40, who works out of a studio near Philadelphia's Chinatown and sells her pottery through her Web site, "They dribble, or they're hard to pick up, or the lid falls off."
Her new one-of-a-kind teapots, which sell for about $600, are guaranteed to do none of the above. In fact, Chang, who offers a range of designs from traditional to Asian-inspired, won't sell a pot until it passes her own tea-brewing test.
"The lid has to be a perfect fit, so no air gets in," she said. Also key is the pour, which should not only be dripless but flow in a steady, unbroken stream. "Ideally, you want to have at least three inches of quiet before it breaks up."
Chang originally trained as an architect, but her interest in teapots grew out of a series of workshops she took with a Taiwanese master potter, Ah Leon. "The first time I saw him work, it was almost like watching a wizard," she recalled. "The level of skill was like nothing I'd ever seen. I think he must know more about teapots than anyone in the world."
Leon, she said, has done stop-motion photographic studies of teapots pouring, and compiled treatises on the proper curve and structure of handles and the optimum angles for attaching spouts to teapot bodies. Chang keeps those reference works close when she's shaping her own pots, which can take more than 30 hours to create.
"I'm kind of crazy in my obsession with this. But even with my dishes, I've always been really interested in function."
Original article by
EILS LOTOZO Knight Ridder

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Festival of Extraordinary Teapots

If you happen to be in Nova Scotia in July then don't miss this!!
Festival of Extraordinary Teapots
Fisherman's Life Museum
Throughout the month of July the museum will feature a display of unusual and absurd teapots of all shapes and sizes.

Fisherman's Life Museum
58 Navy Pool Loop
Jeddore Oyster Pond
Nova Scotia, Canada B0J 1W0

Space Spud Teapot

Another wonderful teapot made in 1998 by Mark Burns called "Space Spud"
more details

Stonehenge teapot??

Can anyone help Bob?
"I would be interested in pictures and stories about any true
Stonehenge teapot. I am only interested in teapots related to the stonehenge image.
Simple use of the name Stonehenge is not sufficient to perk my interest, it has to be
reconcilable as a Stonehenge Collectable"

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

teapot collage

teapot no. 12
Originally uploaded by tortuga del bosque.

Construction paper and glue stick.

teapot pencil drawing

teapot no. 11
Originally uploaded by tortuga del bosque.

Conté Pierre noire drawing pencil, watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper.
Tortuga del Bosque is planning to make 100 paintings of teapots this is number 11 in the series.

Here is Roger Michell studying his little willy!
Roger was interviewed by Richard Parrington for a new dvd
More details here

Frog prince teapot!!

I make a frog/prince teapot but this version of it by Mark Burns is much ruder!!!
See the more revealing photo here!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Girl with Teapot

Drawn with china paints on the glazed surface and re-fired. 6" x 6" in size.
Poem by Ella Grainger (1889-1979)
original web page

Teapot maker Choo offers food for thought

Louisville ceramist Fong Choo, who has a national following for his elegant and intriguing miniature teapots, will be the speaker at the Louisville Visual Art Association's "Food for Thought" luncheon and lecture Tuesday at noon. "Elegant Shapes & Beautiful Glazes: The Master Potter's Art" is the title of the talk to be given by Choo, adjunct professor and resident artist at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
The event at the Water Tower, 3005 River Road, is $20. Reservations are due tomorrow; call (502) 896-2146.
By Diane Heilenman
The Courier-Journal

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Lustre Pottery new teapots

Roger Michell has continued to work throughout the season (he never seems to stop) and they now have the first trial horse teapots out of the kiln - just a few problems to resolve first and they will be be ready for sale.
These teapots complete the horse teapot series, you will see the first two 'Girl on Horse' and 'Indian on Horse' on their website soon. They now have 'Child in Papoose' 'Cat on Horse' and 'Lady on Horse'. These will be made in limited editions of approximately 60.
Lustre Pottery

Linda Hoffhines teapot

Linda Hoffhines/Terra Incognito Studios
Red Teapot w/ Gold Tiles
11 x 7 x 3 | $375.00