The Exotic Teapot Blog

Amazing Tea and Teaware to wow your senses.

Teapots of Weathering Formations

Falling snow in the darkness of night was the thought that first came to my mind when I saw these teapots.  I suppose Yoshiro Ikeda, the artist, would be pleased of my reflection as the goal of his pieces is to initiate weather conditions and dance form.  Preferring freedom, he hand builds his teapots then weaves a sense of motion using a variety glazes.   

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Introduction to Tea Boxes

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Decorative tea boxes, or tea caddies, in Britain date back to the early 18th Century.  After tea became more accessible and affordable, in the second quarter of the century, a variety of box styles were introduced.  At first, most were made of mahogany or walnut and offered in single, double or multiple tiers. By the late 18th century, caddies were made of pine, oak or mahogany and skillfully veneered in different woods. It is no wonder that today there are numerous admirers and collectors of these beautiful designed antique pieces.

Balancing a teapot

julie teapotLearning to use a potter’s wheel requires balancing clay, water and motion in order to form the desired shape.  Artist Julie Cline believes there is much more to creating an appealing teapot.  It requires: (1) the correct mixture of smooth red earthenware clay, (2) just the right proportion of eastern and western influence design, (3) then, selecting an accurate mixture of varying tinted glazes and lusters to create stripes and patterns.  This is what she believes is the ‘ideal balance.’ 

Tokoname Teapots

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The pottery made in Tokoname City in Japan is known as Tokoname-yaki. During the 12th and 13th centuries an estimated 3,000 kilns were built. Today this pottery region, located on the Chita Peninsula, still has 1,200 ancient kilns in operation.  It wasn’t until the 19th century that teapots were introduced.  By using rich red clay and artistic embellishments, tokoname teapots still remain durable, affordable and visually appealing.

Beautiful Teapots

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These teapots are just two of Bruce Noske’s astounding designs which reflect the Victorian days of chintzes and Wedgewood with a minimalist Oriental twist.  His pots are meticulously developed, all with similar shoulder, base, lid, unique handle and spout.  Because he has always enjoyed doodling, or sketching, patterns of leaves and animals, Bruce applies these to teapots via hand painted brushwork and slip carved decorations.

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Icy Teapots

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Take a look at these wonderful ice teapots. One has been sculpted out of the ice itself and the other is a metal frame that has frozen and collected icicle's. Both tepots are obviously not for the use of hot tea but beautiful none the less!

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Funky Teapot

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Check out these funky teapots created by Japanese student Sharese Mirzakhanyan.

Tea Board Games

Looking for something to do on a quiet evening with family, friends or children?  Why not try playing vintage tea board games.  Just how many of these games exist?  Actually there are quite a few.  There is the 1920’s Alice in Wonderland game; the 1973 version in which the first to overflow other player’s cups with sugar, water and tea is the winner.  And, for the younger ones there are “the teapot game” and “Tea Party Game.” Of course plenty of tea and biscuits are required.

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Leaning Pumpkin



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Daniel Rotblatt works mostly in bronze.  His talents are many:  bronze casting, photography, knife making, wood sculpting and ceramics.  Rotblatt is an instructor for all of these but the latter.  Amazingly, he just likes to tinker in ceramics.  These teapots are his first experiment with this media.  The idea for the shape of the pots in this series came to him after viewing a leaning pumpkin.

Birding around

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Assembling bird houses and an occasional teapot are Patsy Thola Chamberlain’s specialty.  However, she uses slabs of clay, not wood, to make her nesting objects.  Using a rolling pin and wet clay, Patsy creates one of a kind pieces that any bird or tea drinker would be proud to have.  She stamps, scores and tools embellishments to adorn her art.  What makes Patsy’s work stand out even more is the range of colourful glazes that she airbrushes on to the shrine. 

Free Jasmine Fairies Bloom

 
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