Archive for February 15, 2010

Tea is where the heart is

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on February 15, 2010 by echostains

All heart teapot by JoAnne Bedient

Seeing that today was one made up of hearts (Valentine’s Day), I thought  I would look for some heart-shaped teapots.  In a lot of homes still, tea is at the heart of the family.  Everyone sits down to a nice cup of tea, hence the title of this post ‘Tea is where the heart is!’  The above teapot is by JoAnne Bedient a clay artist  who specialises in Raku.  I love the unpredictability of this process, and also how you get all the four elements earth, wind, fire and water joining together in the work.  I just love all the crackly smoky patterns seemed to have conjoined together to make this piece.

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Here’s another heart-shaped mini teapot, this time from Kelvin Chen.  The fresh colours used and the stylised drawing upon the ceramic gives it an Art deco meets oriental feel.

honeycomb teapot - what a find!

I know this isn’t a heart shaped teapot, but I couldn’t not include this paper teapot that caught my eye.  The owner snapped this up on eBay!  Not only is it fun and pretty – spotting it drew me to the owners blog, which I must say is one of the most  loveliest  blogs I have ever seen regarding tea: the drinking of it, the celebration of it, the loving it and the designs it can lend itself to (some most unusual indeed),    THIS  is the one!

JoAnne Bedient clay artist specialises in raku loved the varied eclectic textures of this piece and whimsical form.  Her website is here and there are some very unusual pieces of her work 

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