One of the most complex of all ceramic constructions,
the teapot merges aesthetics with functional details. Josiah Wedgewood
himself is often credited with starting the craze in England over 300 years
ago. Legend has it that he invented a green glaze for which he could find
obvious use. Eventually he came up with a teapot designed in the shape
of a cauliflower. An original Wedgewood Cauliflower Teapot is worth thousands
of dollars today!
Where are the teapots from
Most of the teapots that we carry are the work of various
European designers. The potteries where the teapots are cast vary, some
are in England, some are in Germany, and still others are cast in countries
around the globe.
Do people give teapots as gifts
Our teapots represent true collector's items, they are
authentic works of art and make very attractive gifts. With tea drinking
swiftly gaining popularity these days, a special teapot is appreciated
as a thoughtful and original gift!
Can these be used as "normal"
Although primarily collectibles, these teapots are FDA
approved and can be used to serve tea (they actually pour far better than
most teapots). However the more elaborate and whimsical designs are primarily
collectibles and owners will only want to use them on special occasions.
Are the teapots collectible
Our teapots are often collected. Due to the handcrafted
process, many of our designs are unique. Colors and details do vary. Making them even more collectible is the fact
that production is usually very limited. Designs are regularly modified
or dropped in favor of new designs. We can't stress
the above enough...if you see a teapot you like...ORDER IT! Popular teapots
regularly become discontinued and sold out, and we hate to disappoint our
customers by telling them we can no longer acquire a teapot they like.
Where would a good place to put a
Our teapots make wonderful conversation pieces, and as
such can be used in any room of your home. Many people even bring them
to their workplace to decorate their office!
Why do many teapots not have strainers
From the mid-17th century, teapots were made with strainers
to prevent the tea leaves from being poured with the tea into the cups.
By the 1960, the tea bag had become the popular way to drink tea. As a
result, spout strainers began to disappear from teapot designs by the mid-1970's.
How do they come up with those teapot
When you look at some of the amazing teapot designs in
our collection, its only natural to wonder how the finished product came
to be. Some designers are inspired by their imaginations, others by their
own personal hobbies and interests. Some emphasize popular pastimes. Like
other artists, the teapot designer has a vast array of sources for inspiration.
What steps are involved in creating
There are about 15 steps involved in completing each
individual handcrafted teapot. Having the idea and sketching it out, craft
the design piece by piece in clay and wood until a 3 dimensional model
A master mold is then made of the design and component
pieces, and a replica is cast. This process continues with alterations
aplenty until the result is satisfactory. The finished product is then
How long does it take to create a
The design and modeling process typically takes three
to six months.
Once the chosen prototype design has passed tests, it
goes into production. Due to the lengthy handcrafted process and the limited
size of most potteries, there can be a scarcity of certain designs at certain
Can you tell me a little about the
Handcraftedpots are generally "slip"
cast in clay from molds. The more complicated designs can have as many
as 20 component parts to them. These are then "fetted" and sponged
to erase any rough edges and to ensure a smooth surface. The pot is then
fired in the kiln for the first time. Two subsequent firings account for
the glazing process and the gilding of various parts with the precious
metals. Between these kiln firings the pots are hand painted by talented
decorators. This hand process helps to ensure that each teapot is quite
Can I special order customized teapots
Many designs can be customized to incorporate company
names or logos for special events etc. Depending on the design, minimum
orders are required. We would be happy to talk to you about your special
event. Please be aware that several months should be allowed for this type