Margaret Bohls, curator for “Teapots: Function, Formal, Narrative” has written an article to ceramic artists. The purpose was to share with them the reasons for creating that magnificent object referred to as the teapot.
The teapot is, arguably, the most visually and culturally loaded pottery form. Trade, fashion, social class, nationalism, and industry, have all contributed to the layers of cultural and historical meaning inherent to this particular cultural artifact. Being at the same time an aesthetic object and a utilitarian object, the teapot also carries all of the potential and all of the contradictions inherent in the field of contemporary ceramics.