Archive for porcelain

Weird and Wacky Design – Strange Vessels

Posted in ART, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on June 28, 2010 by echostains


lei xue


As anyone who reads this blog knows by now, I like unusually designed objects – preferably made from unusual media.   So I was intrigued to discover these beer cans made from china!  These exquisite Chinese porcelain vessels – have even been crushed to resemble aluminium beer cans.  But who in their right mind would want to throw these away (though you could recycle the porcelain).  Made by  artist Lei Xue, these cans are actually teacups!  



This Celtic skull vessel is rather unusual.  Adorned with Celtic knot work, the top of the skull comes off and there is an inner compartment which you can fill ….with whatever.  I wonder where this idea came from?  Did the Celts drink from real skulls?  From  here 

Ed Kirsner Corning Store Four

There’s a gallery of breathtaking glass vessels here.   A wonderful glass collection from Kentucky artists.  this one is by artist Ken quite transfixed me.  It looks like a strange exotic conjuring trick, full of esoteric magic.  I would never get tired of gazing upon it. 

Beer can pic from here 

Teapots – All Things Alice

Posted in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ART, DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , , on February 28, 2010 by echostains

 Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ film  is released March 5 this year and from  this clip,  it looks a lot of fun.  I’m not keen on Alice’s off the shoulder dress though – is there any need really?  The visual effects look very interesting though.  I found the floating Cheshire cats floating head on the trailer quite frightening.  But so it is in the book, as it fades away and only the grin is left.


Surprised to see Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee in the new film though as they are charaters  from Alice though the Looking Glass.   So it would seem that both books and characters have been lumped together.  But, back to the teapots.  It is easy to see why the teapot  serves as a vehicle to Alice. The teapot is central to the tea-party where we get to meet some interesting characters – especially the Mad Hatter.

I actually have this Tony Woods teapot

  I love the wild Mad Hatter teapot by Paul Cardew.  Cardew seems very fond of Alice – he’s done lots of teapots with using the Alice theme.

Paul Cardew MadHatter Teapot

Paul Cardew Alice teapot

I’ve cheated really with this image.  It’s actually a favor box and I think it’s lovely!  Available  HERE  

favor box


This unusual teapot has ‘Drink Me’ on the side – obvious really!  But I like the reference to the time on the lid and the hearts on the handle.

drink me teapot

My latest poem is ‘Her Facebook has it ‘ here

Lots of Alice porcelain HERE

White Drink me teapot link here

Teapots teapots website