Search For Perfect Teapot Creates Collection

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Recently I discovered a wonderful treat at Safeway -- bite-size scones. They come in several flavors: cranberry-orange, lemon-poppy seed and caramel toffee. I bought the caramel toffee to try first. I was hooked. I couldn't wait for a lazy morning to fix a pot of tea and have more of those delicious scones.

I like coffee, but I love tea. I spent years looking for just the right teapot -- one of those plain, round-bodied ones called Brown Betty pots for one reason or another. Well, I never found a brown round pot, but I did finally discover one that was white and round -- and I have since brewed so many batches of tea in it, the interior is stained a light brown.

Along the way to that discovery I came across some really pretty little teapots. I bought them because they were pretty, not because I expected to need more than one teapot. One has lilacs on it, another has fruit, the oldest in the bunch is a small, floral pot with no lid.

I also have several teapots that are for decorative purposes only -- though I can't recall what I had in mind when I bought the set.

At any rate, inadvertently I have created a teapot collection for myself. I was surprised to find it is a popular hobby.

The following is part of an article I found on the subject on the Internet.

Teapot Collecting

By Barbara Crews

Your Guide to Collectibles

From about.com

Is there anything more reassuring and comforting than a cup of tea? I think not and perhaps that's part of the reason why teapots are such popular collectibles.

There is a collectible teapot for every taste in decorating, every personality in collecting and every budget.

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world and is part of the reason why the teapot has grown so much in popularity as a collectible. And if you do use a teapot, it might as well be decorative along with functional.

Teapots have been done in every possible design trend and most interestingly, the novelty design teapot was first introduced way back in the 1820s. (Although teapots in the shape of animals, flowers and reptiles have been made in Asia for many centuries.) More recently, the teapot, as in most facets of our everyday life, have gone through designs changes to reflect the art of a particular period.

From the Overdone in the Victorian Age, to the Art Deco look in the 1930s, and Functional Modern in the 1960s, teapots styles reflected the taste of the era.

Figural teapots were popular in the 1930s and have become very popular again in recent years. The new figural and "vignette" teapots are being produced by many different artists/companies in the U.K. such as Paul Cardew, Andy Titcomb, Tony Carter and Wade.

Companies in the U.S. such as Fitz and Floyd, Treasure Craft, Lefton, McCoy, Lenox, Shawnee, and Vandor have also produced wonderful, functional and sculptured teapots.

The teapot is also a popular subject for many ceramic artists and can be found in galleries around the world and on the Internet. These one-of-a-kind sculptures are works of art and priced accordingly.

You can usually gauge how popular a collectible is when knockoffs start appearing at discount stores and teapots are no exception to this rule. "Cheap" decorative teapots can be readily found, but their quality and poor workmanship rarely make them collector quality. If you like the design, go ahead and get it for your collection, but do not expect them to appreciate in value or even hold their values.

As in any collectible, condition is of prime concern. Check for chips, cracks and crazing, especially if you plan to use the pot for brewing tea. It is very hard to find a lid for a topless pot, therefore according to author Tina Carter, "teapots without lids are worth very little and I do not suggest buying one without a lid except for a minimal price."

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