Friday, December 30, 2011

An old teapot for a New Year

Yes, it has been a while since I posted. You probably know why. Trees, cookies, relatives, hams, gifts, garlands, malls … chaos! Lately I have not had much time for blogging, or much time in the studio. I hope that things will get back to normal in the New Year.

I did find time – and a few rare moments of quiet – for a few sketches, and I am sharing one of them with you here. This is my favorite teapot. I use it nearly every day in the winter, as I am a big tea drinker (I picked up the habit during my junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland). It is by Furnivals, a china company in Staffordshire, England; the pattern is called “Denmark.” I bought china in this pattern for my first apartment. I can still remember that day. (Admittedly, I have a bit of an obsession with china, but that is another story for another day.)

A few years ago, I chipped the spout. (If you look closely at the drawing, you can see it.) And I cried. But I love this teapot, and I kept using it. Sure it has some crazing, a chip, and some tea stains I can’t seem to get out. But it is mine. It is part of me now. And perhaps I chose to sketch it now because it is kind of a metaphor for me, for my life. Fitting for one of the last few days of 2011. 

“And now let us welcome
the new year full of things
that have never been.”

– Ranier Maria Rilke


  1. A beautiful drawing and a beautiful story. Hugs

  2. What a beautiful sketch - I love the colours, and even the chip - it adds "personality".. I hope that 2012 brings you much joy!

  3. Hey Susan,

    Happy New Year!

    Have you tried Bon Ami or Bartender's Friend on your tea stains? They both work wonders with coffee stains on china.

    Maggie in AZ

  4. I have stopped buying good dishes, we break too many;) My grandmother was English, so she had me drinking tea since I was young, we called it weak tea then, more milk and sugar.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year and blessings in the coming year.


  5. Beautiful Susan!! I too have a set of blue and white...I love blue and white china! :) Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family, Louise xx

  6. Love your sketch.
    Happy New Year.

  7. What a beautiful teapot and a lovely story! I love your sketch! Happy New Year to you!

  8. Hi Susan
    I have the same teapot but mine is made by Masons. The handle on the lid has been glued back on on mine,but I still love it! I'm a tea drinker too. We should get together for a cup of tea sometime.


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