While ceramic and china teapots remain staples at the tea table, teapots have also stayed in step with tea trends. Most notable is the unique charm of glass teapots, which provide a visual platform for the tea experience. Glass teapots allow easy visibility of color and volume, but their transparent makeup seems almost tailor-made for flowering or blooming teas. Water is boiled in a kettle and then poured into the glass teapot housing the hand-sewn bundle of tea, which blooms after being steeped for three to five minutes. Tea blossoms can be infused several times, and the bloom remains an aesthetic complement inside the glass teapot, transforming a would-be pitcher into an inimitable centerpiece.
The evolution of the teapot is surprisingly slight, as its role remains simple and low-tech. For hundreds of years, variations were borne out of personal taste, and even in modern times, the selection and use of a teapot are determined largely by preference. Composition, size, style, and materials are all considerations in choosing a teapot, whether it be used tirelessly or displayed as a treasured keepsake.
From TeaTime September/October 2010
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