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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sparta Teapot Museum

Organizers of the Sparta Teapot Museum say they are scaling back the project that would house a Los Angeles millionaire’s unusual teapot collection.
The museum was intended to draw tourism - and money - to this small town near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but organizers say now that the region cannot support what was initially proposed.
"Of course, our first plan was a wonderful dream. It was an absolute dream museum. The problem was we just couldn’t afford our dream," said Sandy Carter Herndon, a member of the museum’s board of directors.
The board decided earlier this month to reduce the size of the building by more than half, cutting the cost from $14 million to an estimated $6 million.
The move could jeopardize an arrangement to permanently display Sonny Kamm’s more than 7,000 eclectic teapots - a collection considered to be the largest of its kind in the world.
"There would be less teapots displayed, and it is unclear at this time what level of involvement we will have from Mr. Kamm right now,” said Bryan Edwards, the town manager of Sparta, who is also a member of the museum’s board of directors. “It could be minimal, and it’s possible that there would be none."
Museum officials raised about $1.1 million in public money but were unable to raise enough from private donors to build the museum as originally planned. They say that if they lose the teapot collection they would display regional crafts instead.
Kamm could not be reached yesterday for comment.
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Monday, July 30, 2007

David Leach tenmoku teapot

David Leach’s signature teapot with fluted sides. The piece is glazed in a tenmoku glaze. Made at the Lowerdown Pottery near Bovey Tracey, Devon.
Sold on eBay for £480.00 on 28th July 2007

Royal Doulton Bunnykins

An early c.1939 to 1945 Royal Doulton Bunnykins figural Teapot, designed by Charles Noke. Height 4.75". Excellent colours and perfect condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
Sold on ebay for £677.77 on 29th July 2007

Shoji Hamada?

Sold as a Shoji Hamada studio teapot on eBay 2th July 2007 for £1000.00
But according to Phil...these teapots are in Mashiko by the hundred. Before spending £1,000 with a dubious seller it's worth checking these things out!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

2nd most popular antique!

Antique teapots are the second most popular antique, according to TIAS, the Internet's largest antiques website. However, how can consumers find the one piece that is sure to rise in value and remain a collectible for future generations. They must find reputable dealers with only extraordinary reputations. Full article here

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Texas Tea

Texas Tea - righ side view
Originally uploaded by sfclay
Original title was going to be Veg-O-Matic. But as it neared completion, Texas Tea was more appropriate.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Roger Michell

New Lion teapot from Roger a glazed porcelain teapot 23 cm. in 3 colour variations, from £120.

Roger Michell Lustre Pottery Teapot Designs 1973 to 2007 (book available soon)

Steven McGovney

"Alice and Lewis Carroll" teapot created by Steven McGovney of Prescott, Arizona.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Liberty teapot

Arts & Crafts Nouveau Liberty Tudric pewter Knox teapot decorated with a whiplash Knox design either side of the ebony handle.
Stamped with pattern number 0374, and Registered Number 449655, 'English Pewter', and 'Solkets'.
Sold on ebay for £150 on 15th July 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tip Top Tea

Tip Top Tea
Originally uploaded by bobtravis

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Teapot for Antiques

Teapot for Antiques
Originally uploaded by Ray Tomes

In Tirau, a town in the central North Island of New Zealand, they have had the idea to make a lot of signs and statues out of corrugated iron. They are quite beautiful and entertaining.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Large Moving Day

Paul Cardew is relaunching some of his old favourite "collectable" teapots.
This "Large Moving Day" is just one of the many teapots coming through the factory at present. 50 of these going to be made for the UK market and several have already been sold. These teapots are made to order. Price: £125.00 ($237.50)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Clown Triggerfish Teapot

Clown Triggerfish Teapot
Originally uploaded by judybfreeman
Wheel thrown and handbuilt decorative teapot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"Junk" teapot

A teapot hidden in the back of a cupboard for years sold at auction for £3,800.
It was found by Elizabeth South who thought it was "junk".
Auctioneers from Thomas Mawer and Son, in Lincoln spotted it and they knew it was something special.
The teapot, dates from 1810 to 1820, and is an example of Prattware, a style of pottery created by Felix Pratt of Longport in Staffordshire.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

crocheted teapot

Renie Breskin Adams has crocheted so much she had to wear bandages and leather gloves to protect her worn out fingers! Finally she had to quit.
Her works have been widely exhibited, internationally, and are in private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
See more of her work.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Teapot Soldiers

Teapot Soldiers
Originally uploaded by abi macrobert
Part of an installation by Dennis Goodwin at Portsmouth University degree shows 2007 See more at

Clarice Cliff bonjour

A Clarice Cliff tea for two sized Bonjour Teapot in the "CROCUS" pattern.
16.5cm from the tip of the spout to the back of the handle, 13.5cm from the base to the top of the knop and 6.5cm wide.
The pot was backstamped CROCUS Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wlkinson Ltd England.
Sold on ebay 5th July 2007 for £500.00

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Tracey Emin

White China Tea-pot with silkscreen print designed by Tracey Emin in celebration of the Venice Biennale 2007. Titled "Foundlings and Fledglings - Our Angels of this Earth"
Sold on eBay for £263.00 on 4th July 2007

Teapot water tower

Originally uploaded by painet
Iowa Montgomery Stanton Swedish teapot water tower!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Tea Appreciation Society

Check out the new "Tea Appreciation Society" website

Long John Silver Teaset

From Roger Michell in France.
Ready to order as a complete tea set £182
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Monday, July 02, 2007

Welsh teapot

Welsh teapot
Originally uploaded by Drouthy_Neebor
A room at Clytha Arms features a collection of teapots.