What is modern? When it comes to teapots, the sky seems to be the limit and there is no one agreed upon design standard. Time to check out a few.

Sleek and Elegant Designs

This seems to be the styling that most readily comes to many people’s minds when they think “modern.” It certainly was what popped up most often in my online searches. Some choices are (shown below and going from top left to bottom right):

4 sleek and elegant teapots (all ETS images)

4 sleek and elegant teapots (all ETS images)

More are available, such as the three Asian-inspired designs shown below:

3 more Asian-inspired designs (from Yahoo! images)

3 more Asian-inspired designs (from Yahoo! images)

All of the above teapots say, “Hey, I really know how to steep tea, but I don’t have to be ugly.” And I agree!

Metal and Glass Designs

Metal and glass epitomize our modern age. New techniques in making both led to their widespread use throughout our environment, ranging from soaring skyscrapers to common items for your home. The teapot is no exception, whether it’s an almost “Robby the Robot” looking Henley 47-oz Stainless Steel Teapot, a simple and stylish Zen Style 42-oz Glass Teapot, or a sleek design (the Sorapot Modern Teapot) that combines both metal and glass (shown below left to right).

3 glass and metal teapots (left to right: ETS image, ETS image, from Yahoo! Images)

3 glass and metal teapots (left to right: ETS image, ETS image, from Yahoo! Images)

Retro Designs

Nostalgia is in full bloom in the hearts and minds of many ceramists and potters, inspiring them to create teapots that echo eras gone by, such as th Scatter Rose Fine Bone China 6-cup Victorian Teapot shown below at left, or introduce elements of another time and/or country as in the Japanese-styled teapot below at right.

A modern Victorian retro teapot (left, ETS image) and a Japanese-inspired retro teapot (right, from Yahoo! Images)

A modern Victorian retro teapot (left, ETS image) and a Japanese-inspired retro teapot (right, from Yahoo! Images)

Oddballs and Cuties

Odd teapot styles abound (as I spoke of in a previous article), but rather than repeat my listings in another article, I selected one that was a bit odd but attractively so. The goal often seems to push the envelope of acceptance on what the traditional shape of a teapot is. This teapot (called the “Donut Teapot”) shown here certainly does that.

Donut Teapot and Cup by Pats Pottery (image via Yahoo! Images)

Donut Teapot and Cup by Pats Pottery (image via Yahoo! Images)

As for cuties, they abound, too, with everything from cupcakes to James Sadler Shakespeare’s Cottage Teapot (more info about Sadler) featured in their designs.

Cupcakes (left, from Yahoo! Images) and Sadler’s Shakespeare Cottage (right, ETS Image)

Cupcakes (left, from Yahoo! Images) and Sadler’s Shakespeare Cottage (right, ETS Image)

Whichever design you choose, your tea time will certainly be a special one!

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