Teapots for every kind of tea. Since I gave up using dairy products I have begun to explore the range of herbal and fruit teas one can drink without milk, which has led me also to an increased interest in teapots. Making a special little brew of my own seems to require an equally special little teapot to enhance the experience, to create a personal ritual. One or two cup pots are ideal. Looking around the gallery today I have picked out these six highly desirable small teapots, each possessing its own personality - and all 'good pourers'.
Inspiring as ever my annual visit to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate was doubly enjoyable this year thanks to my being accompanied by Tessa Hilton, latterly Roving Editor of Woman and Home Magazine, who gave me a whole new take on choosing from the stunning variety of craft work on show. It was great to meet new artist/makers and to chat to them about their work and to learn more of their techniques and motivation. Earning a living from designing and making beautiful original objects requires huge enthusiasm and dedication and that was apparent everywhere as Tessa, with her journalist's curiosity and empathy delved into the facts and feelings behind each artist's work.
After leaving the show and still buzzing with inspiration we headed into Harrogate and another annual treat, Betty's famous Tea Shop. Yum!
As new work starts to arrive at the gallery over the weeks ahead I look forward with great excitement to unpacking and displaying new ceramics, glass and jeweller...