When I think about teapots I often think about the teapots I was surrounded with as a child. My mother had a few, some were used for everyday, other's, made of bone china were used only with company on special occasions. She had an old "Brown Betty" that she inherited from my great grandmother who may have brought it over from England. Even the "everyday" teapots were not used everyday in our house but my grandmother made a pot of tea to serve after lunch every day. I wonder how many people in America make a pot of tea everyday. I know some people that drink an entire pot of green tea everyday and I know some people who have never drank tea from a pot.
|Ash Glazed Teapot|
Even though I do know a man that collects my teapots I don't make very many (I suspect his wife is happy about that) and usually they are custom orders. I don't know that anyone has ever walked into my booth or sent me an email asking if I make teapots like they do with other pots like casserole dishes. I would think a nice, handcrafted teapot would make a lovely wedding gift but nobody has asked. I simply find that interesting. I wonder if drinking tea from a teapot is something that we do alone now. Some quiet, private ceremony so that our friends and family don't really know if we make pots of tea.
When I wrote about having a dinner party my friend Gary Rith wrote that he invites people over for tea because it's easier. He also makes some terrific teapots. I think I'll follow that idea and invite some friends over for tea this weekend.
How do you drink your tea?
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