Teapot History: Debuting Our Favorite Brown Betty

How do you serve your tea? Do you simply brew a cup? Or do you serve from a teapot? Whether it is for two people or six, teapots have been around for centuries. Teapots come in many forms, sizes, and are made in several materials like ceramic, metal, silver, or even glass. The earliest teapots …

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The Teapot Tree…Real or…?

Is the teapot tree real? Or is it a myth, a legend, a figment of some moonshiner’s imagination? Time to go on the hunt and find out. Years ago the most beautiful and youthful Elizabeth Taylor starred opposite the very youthful Montgomery Clift in a movie called Raintree County. It’s a Civil War era romance/tragedy, …

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How to Tell When the Teawares Are Taking Over Your House

Invasions can begin small and grow so gradually that, before you know it, you’re totally taken over. No, I’m not talking about people. I’m talking about teawares. They can take over your house without any warning, filling every nook and cranny. Here are some signs to watch for so you can at least manage the …

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Teapot Styles – Modern

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 …

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Teapot Styles — Designer Dazzlers

We all know about designer clothing. In fact, designers have branched out into all kinds of areas, including facial tissue boxes, unfortunately! (They used to be pretty and discreet but are now rather loud and a bit obnoxious.) Of course, teapots are included in the array of designwares! Here are a few I’ve come across …

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Teapot Styles — True Treasures

Awhile back I wrote about some expensive teapots. But price does not make something a true treasure. Provenance does. That is, it’s the story behind the item that makes it truly desirable. This is as true of teapots as it is of Fabergé bejeweled eggs or Chippendale furniture. With that in mind, here are some …

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A Not-So-Serious Guide to Shopping for Teapots

We all know that spout shape is important, that short, squat teapots can be better steepers that those taller, thinner ones, and that different materials (glass, metal, bone china, terracotta, zisha clay, etc.) affect how the teapot steeps. But it’s time to take a look at some not-so-serious reasons to buy that teapot for your …

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Teapot Styles — Transferware

Transferware revolutionized teaware designs. Teawares and decorations go together like tea and cookies. Hand-painting teacups and teapots had been popular for centuries. But they were slow to make and had to be limited in detail. Where It Started As tea in Europe became more popular, the demand for fancier teawares grew. Famed potter John Sadler …

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Teapots at the British Museum – Part 3

This rather elaborate teapot caught my eye because of its unusual shape, but as I looked closer I realised that the painted decoration was equally interesting and unique. It was manufactured in Rozenburg, in the Netherlands, in 1899, and is yet another example of the cross-cultural influences that permeate the world of tea. However, although …

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A Closer Look at Teapot Spout Styles

The spout of the teapot is often overlooked by shoppers, but it can be the most important part of the teapot. Styles vary and can make a big difference when pouring out that tasty tea. Time to take a closer look! For this article I am mostly avoiding teapots whose design incorporates the spout, as …

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