first arrived in England around 1700 from China. As the demand for
tea and tea drinking grew many of the English pottery manufacturers
started making teapots, these first teapots were initially copies
from the Chinese ones. However in a short time England saw the flowering
of the teapot form with many great names making them. Early makers
included Thomas Whieldon, Josiah Wedgwood, and The Leeds Pottery all
of who were making teapots by the mid seventeen hundreds.
By the 19th century the teapot had become integral part of British
culture, with ever more variety being produced, from the humble Brown
Betty to the most refined and elegant pieces by the likes of Worcester
and Spode. Studio potters, delighted in making teapots, Bernard Leach
was an early studio potter who made teapots, designing at least three
different shapes as part of what was known as the Standard Ware Range
of the Leach Pottery.
The teapot is a complex form, made as it is from four separate components,
body, spout, handle and lid. The need to bring all these components
together to form an harmonious whole, is a complex task requiring
great skill and fine judgment.. This object [Teapot] for me is where
a potter's art and skill is brutally exposed for all to see. Proportion
and rightness for the purpose are important, and I am sure I don't
need to go on about the mechanics of pouring, to say nothing about
dripping. University papers have been written on the subject of why
teapots pour well or badly.
Contemporary potters who make good teapots are thankfully many. Perhaps
the best was Geoffrey Whiting, one must also include David Leach and
Richard Batterham who in my humble opinion are not far behind.. On
this page I hope to offer some fine examples by many different potters.
I can't guarantee that any of the teapots exhibited pour well, I will
though say that all delight the eye and are fine teapots and that
their makers got it right.
A truly wonderful
teapot by Kevin. Glazed in a whieldon type glaze. A real collector's
Diameter (Body excluding handle & Spout) 12.0 cm