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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Stolen teapot speaks!

A SMALL teapot stolen from a former Queenstown Mall restaurant makes a surprise comeback next week.
Local artist John R McCormack, who swiped the green teapot, has produced a 15-painting series based on what it “heard” while sitting on a table during the Westy’s Restaurant era – 1980-1994 – and beyond.
He’s called the exhibition “Before We Were Millionaires”.
It will open at Skybar Queenstown New Zealand on September 8th and prices range from $600 to $4000.
“Anybody who dined in that era, who had property here, will now be a millionaire, whether we like it or not,” McCormack says.
Full article here

Help with teapot identity?

Michael Pepper says...
"I found your site strickly by accident..Its beautiful
and superb.We have had a piece in our family for quite
sometime and I have been unable to identify it..I have
looked at hundreds of reference books and internet
sites.I was wondering if you could look at it and
maybe give me some insight into its origins?"

Can anyone help Michael?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Dixon Gallery & Gardens

The Dixon Gallery & Gardens - 4339 Park, Memphis 761-5250. "The Artful Teapot". exhibition examining the teapot as an inventive vehicle for artists. Until September 24th 2006
What makes this collection so significant is the magic of the teapot. It holds clues to social station, to manners and protocols, to matters of gender, to fashion and stylization in popular art. It is stained with the blood of the West’s insatiable thirst for the fragrant leaves, and also graced by civilized, charming social rituals. All of this reference is compacted into a small pot with a handle and spout.

Tea Time

Tea Time
Originally uploaded by LR Monkeytoes.

Old tea set and a few of LR Monkeytoes favorite tea cups.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tea at the Funfair

Tea at the Funfair
Originally uploaded by Henri Davies.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tea bag puts lid on teapot sales

By David Derbyshire
The nation that once exported the pleasing rituals of afternoon tea around the world now appears happy to dunk a tea bag in hot water for a few seconds.
Sales of teapots have plummeted by two thirds in five years, figures show today.
At the end of the 20th century, Tesco sold nearly 20 styles of teapot. Today it has only five and sales have dropped by 62 per cent over the same period. Sales of cups and saucers have fallen by 85 per cent since 2001.
Research by the supermarket found that 18- to 40-year-olds considered teapots and cups and saucers "quaint, dainty and old-fashioned". Joy Lever, its cookwear buyer, said: "Most people prefer drinking from mugs these days, as the drink lasts longer."
People are also unwilling to wait the five minutes needed for a proper brew.
The Tea Council said that 96 per cent of tea drunk in Britain was now brewed from tea bags. "But there has been an increase in the number of young people drinking tea," a spokesman added.
The market research company TNS Data found that demand for loose tea fell by 7.7 per cent in the year to February. Sales of herbal teas rose by 3.6 per cent and instant coffee by 4.4 per cent.
Edward Bramah, 74, the founder of the Bramah Museum of tea and coffee, in London, believes that tea bag drinkers are missing the real taste of tea.
"Orthodox tea has flavour and is delectable and delicious," he said. "It is true that the British have this great history involving tea.
"But today I would suggest that the British don't know anything about tea!"

Saturday, August 26, 2006

We live with 5,000 teapots!

Photo by Will Sanders
Keith and Sue Blazye
Keith We're both teapot-oriented. We've done thousands of miles all over the world looking for teapots. Our son got married in Barbados last year and we didn't think we'd find a teapot, but we did.
In our old house we had about 2,000 teapots, now we're a smidgen under 5,000. We'd looked at different houses, trying to find somewhere suitable for the collection, and we saw this. It's a peninsular jutting into a Kent river, with just our house and the cafe on it. It used to be called Riverside Diner but we changed the name to Teapot Island When we moved we counted how many teapots we had and calculated how many feet of shelves we'd need...
Full article
Ros Anderson
Saturday August 26, 2006
The Guardian


The DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES cast and actresses LUCY LAWLESS and GILLIAN ANDERSON are brewing up some creativity after designing and autographing teapots for the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts/Los Angeles' (BAFTA/LA) annual Emmys party. The ceramic creations will be offered up to memorabilia fans during an online celebrity auction. Other stars signing and designing teapots include JON VOIGHT, CHARLES DANCE and former FRIENDS star LISA KUDROW. Hosted online by the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, the celebrity teapot auction begins 26th August and will conclude on 15th September.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Staffordshire salt glaze house

Christie's Rockefeller Plaza New York,
Sale Date September 6th 2006
Estimate $1,000 - $1,500 U.S. dollars
CIRCA 1745-1750,
Modeled as a three-story Georgian house, with ribbed harp handle, the spout as an arm extending along the neck of a goose, serpents slithering down each side to mask terminals, cover lacking
6½in. (16.5cm.) over handles
This lot is offered without reserve.
More details

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Teacup & Sorcery

A bizarre tale of a mystic and a Teapot Man who do battle with an evil Count to save the world form ecological disaster.
B.J.Craven transforms mere words, weaving them into a glittering cloth of whimsical tales which he wraps around nuggets of puer ecological wisdom... a
feast for the imagination...
This a limited edition of only 333 signed by the author and illustrator B.J.Craven.
"I haven't laughed so much since I was alive!" Oscar Wilde
More details

Teapot Man!

How can the man with a teapot on his head save a damsel under duress?
Only Teacup and Sorcery has the answers.

Tea, Glorious Tea

THE Revolution Gallery New Kingston Jamaica is set to open its fourth annual 'Tea, Glorious Tea" international competition, exhibition, and sale of handmade teapots, and tea-related ideas on 24th August.
The concept, born four years ago as a showcase for innovative teapots, has now evolved to include not only teapots but also interpretations that are highly conceptual, sculptural, thought-provoking images and objects in all media.
Participants in the juried show this year hail from Cuba, New York, Miami, and Jamaica.
Three of the overseas artists are entering through the kind cooperation of Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, Florida - an incubator gallery for emerging Caribbean artists.
Caroline Holder, a ceramic artist from Barbados, now resident in New York, who won the Jurors' Award at last year's exhibition, will also be mounting a companion solo ceramic exhibition.
The exhibition will run through to September 16, 2006 during gallery hours.

Monday, August 21, 2006


Petrol Pump Top-U-Up Teapot Made By South West Ceramics - 1989
The Petrol Pump was originally made by Sunshine Ceramics and is usually seen in Pink or Blue and very, very occasionally in Green this one is yellow.
Sold on Ebay 20th August for £50.00

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tea for two

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea...

Cardew Page 3 and Fries re-launched

Paul has been working his little socks off down at the factory in Devon and the fruits of his labour are due to be coming through the factory over the next week or so. Paul, after much demand, has decided to re-launch his famous “Page 3 and Fries” teapot.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ball of wool

These Ball of Wool teapots were first made by Paul Cardew back in 1985 when his business was called Sunshine Ceramics, then by South west Ceramics. They were mainly produced in yellow, pink, blue and white with either gold or platinum silver knitting needles.
Two types were made one with a flat bottom and the other with three supporting feet.
In 2002 Paul Cardew remade this teapot as part of the "Hall of Fame Tinys"
Sold on Ebay 13th August 2006 for £24.00

Friday, August 18, 2006

Ray Eames

Lovely piece of material with a design by Ray Eames featuring Hens and teapots!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Swineside Skip

This is a 1993 swineside skip teapot, it is 30 cms long and 26 cms tall.
Sold on Ebay 8th August 2006 for £41.10

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mingstar's teapots

Originally uploaded by MingStar.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Barnaby Whitfield

Oh My! What a Great Splash! CLONIE/topless, 2004
Pastel on Paper, 20 x 27" SOLD

Monday, August 14, 2006

1934 Sadler racing car

James Sadler and Sons 1934, Earthenware, transfer-printed and hand-painted racing car teapot sold on Ebay 13th August 2006 for £360.00

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Nancy hen!

here's one of my new hens Nancy, she has come to live at the end of our garden with Mabel and Gladys...She escaped yesterday and laid her first egg in our neighbours courtyard inches from a pond, I think it took her by surprise!

Friday, August 11, 2006

teapot no. 83

teapot no. 83
Originally uploaded by tortuga del desierto.

Number 83 of Tortuga del Desierto's project to produce 100 drawings of teapots.Black gel Staedtler pen in a Moleskine volante notebook

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Teapot Pelican

Porcelain teapot with infuser
It was inspired by the Lascaux Cave in southwestern France.
Price: $46.00
From Deco Import... a Boston-based Company specializing in unique, high quality, handcrafted products from Russia

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Chicken teapot

Chicken teapot
Originally uploaded by Funki Sock Munki.

From Isaac's family cabin.
I'm planning to get some chickens later this month so this teapot seemed rather appropriate!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Teapot auction

Local artists have come together to raise funds for Casper Children's Theatre programs by decorating original teapots to coincide with the "Not Ready For Bedtime Players" production of Alice in Wonderland. Bids will be accepted for these unique teapots until the closing performance of Alice in Wonderland today at the theatre. Teapots are on display now at the Casper Children's Theatre, 138 S. Kimball,Casper,Wyoming USA upstairs in the Commissary Mall. The final performance is today at 2 p.m. For more information please call the theatre at 473-8470 or log onto

Celestial Seasonings

Originally uploaded by tymora42.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Room
Boulder, Colorado

Paintings that become packaging art

Sunday, August 06, 2006


The "Allsorts" teapot by cardew Design was first produced in 1991, the first year of the company. This teapot was retired in 1993 and was then reproduced again in 1998.
Paul swapped around the colours on the "Allsorts" teapots i.e. the first version was a pink square allsort and a yellow round allsort.
The second version was a yellow square and a pink round.
This one was sold on Ebay 5th August 2006 for $21.50 approx £11.26

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Ara Cardew

This was made by Ara the grandson of Michael Cardew at the Wenford Bridge Pottery just down the road from me!
Sold on Ebay 1st August 2006 for £32.00

Friday, August 04, 2006

Yinge teapots

Originally uploaded by davidreid.

Teapots for sale in Yinge, Taipei County, Taiwan.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

L’affaire teapot by Amrita Satapathy

“My love for you is like tea, and I my darling, am your teapot, pour my love and drink me quick”. Thus proposed a friend of mine to his girl friend. Well, I was a trifle amazed at the expression, but what really geared my dormant brain cells into action was the ‘Teapot’. It took me down the memory lane to those years of infantile activities when I had enacted the part of a tea-pot in a kindergarten school play reciting with much enthusiasm the teapot rhyme- “I am a teapot, short and stout/ this is my handle and this is my spout!” That was my first and last stint with acting, but it sure led to my enduring infatuation with teapots. I was presented with my first little teapot as a birthday present from my mother. Since then teapots have captivated my aesthetic sensibility. Apart from being the mundane apparatus for pouring tea into a cup, teapots ooze a sense of style and are extremely classy much like a Victorian dame. They can be used for haute décor, as collectors’ item, as a centrepiece, as child’s play thing and anything else that your wild imagination can convert them into. Teapots come in a constellation of shapes and sizes and have been fashioned from every possible raw-material in this world - be it glass, earthen ware, enamel ware, tin, copper, steel, ceramic. Hand painted to ornamental, printed to plain, one can espy an array of designs on the shelves of supermarkets and picturesque antique shops. Interestingly, every part of the teapot - the handle, the lid, the body or the spout, has the flexibility of being artistically fashioned. From a common household utensil, the teapot has gradually evolved into a glamourized lifestyle product. It has literally poured its way, from the kitchen to the quicksilver world of advertising and the bizarre realm of animation.....
Full article by Amrita Satapathy Ph. D. Scholar Utkal University Orissa, India

Red Poppy Hall teapot

Red Poppy Hall car teapot
Cream color with the red poppy design and platinum accents.
Sold on Ebay 31st July 2006 for US $142.50 [£76.16]

Abby's artwork

abby's teapot
Originally uploaded by photo bird.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Potfest in the Pens,

A POTTY table setting caused a bit of a stir in Carlisle yesterday.
Giant teacups and an enormous teapot made by potters were created in an unusual competition outside the Guild Hall in English Street.
The contest to create a banquet setting was held by the organisers of Potfest in the Pens, one of Europe’s leading festivals of ceramics being held at Penrith this weekend.
Full News and Star article

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hall car teapot

OLD Hall automobile teapot. Cadet blue glaze with Platinum lustre trim.
Marks on base...HALL 0529.P 6 CUP MADE IN U.S.A. plus green HALL ink stamp with MADE IN U.S.A. and gold number 12 stamp.
Sold on Ebay July 31st 2006 for US $411.00