You may decide the time has come to add a new teapot to your kitchen wares. You will find this project to be easily done in terms of locating site after site with lots of pots to look over. However, choosing from all that are available is what will make this task not so simple.
It’s not just the very many kinds of pots available for your choice but all the items that you can choose to add to your pot to make tea making easier. You can have different types of strainers to remove the tea leaves, or infusers that will hold the loose tea in the pot while it steeps. There are timers to let you know when the tea is ready. There are thermometers to be sure the water is the right temperature for the tea you are brewing and so on.
Getting back to the teapots themselves, you will find they are made from lots of different materials. There are metals ones like the beautiful silver tea services you can find. There are porcelain ones. Different kinds of clay make different types of teapots such as the red clay Brown Betty. Some are made from plastic and some from glass. The later can provide an interesting show for the “agony of the leaves”.
Teapots also come in all types of shapes and sizes. We have tall ones and short ones. We have ones that look like traditional coffee pots. We have round ones, pear-shaped ones and multi-sided ones. There are even fantasy pots that can look like animals or bee hives complete with a couple bees attached.
Beyond materials and shapes of tea pots, you can have your choice of just about any color you wish. Reds, greens, blues and yellows abound. Many beautiful teapots come in blue and white or red and white. Many are glazed with whatever colors are popular at the time they are created. It would be like looking through history when looking at the colors of some pots. Even the precious metals will be around in the golden or silver trim on some teapots.
Finding a teapot from a specific location can probably be done if that is what you want. Being a person who wants a teapot, at least enough to look on line, probably means you want something you can’t find locally. It might be a Tetsubin from Japan or a special Staffordshire from Great Britain. It could be the most fragile porcelain from China. Whatever it is, there are teapots from all around the world.
Going beyond the other characteristics of the teapot, you will also find that the times have left their mark as well. Each movement or fashion has affected the humble tea pot. Among these you will find Art Deco, Rococo, 60’s modernism, and Art Nouveau. If you have a taste for a particular art or architectural style, you just might be able to find a teapot that reflects it.
So finding the perfect teapot for brewing you favorite beverage is all simply a matter of taste. Not only your taste for the beauty of the pot you pick, but your taste for your favorite teas will have some impact upon it as well. You could find that if you drink different types of tea, you will need different types of pots.