By Amy Cates
The teapot is a simple vessel—short and stout, with its handle and spout, as the childhood song indicates. A teapot doesn’t have to be beautiful, whimsical, or ornate to quietly steep tea while simultaneously holding the heat of the water. But variations in the teapot’s composition, shape, and design certainly add to its charm, giving it a side job as either a cherished family heirloom or a fanciful addition to a treasured collection.
I have read many of your magazines and I have a subscription. I do not remember seeing any advice on whether a decorative porcelain teapot can be kept warm using a tea warmer (with a tea candle). Would the flame harm the teapot?
We recommend checking with your teapot’s manufacturer for information on tea warmers, as the best options vary from product to product.
Where can I purchase the tea pot floral shown in the tea time magazine for February?
We include a very detailed resource guide on page 63, which is included in the back of every issue. There you may find information on all of the products pictured in the magazine.
Tea & teaware has come a long way from that time. However, a tea tastes the best in a stoneware teapot.