Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Being Whole: Teapots

I have just purchased an item that I've been eying for years: an iron teapot! I love Asian tea, and all the accoutrements that come with it, from fancy porcelain teapots to whimsical, handmade ceramics to intricate trays designed for Chinese-style tea consumption to the fabulous, hand-tied teas I adore.

Blue Iron Teapot

Iron teapots are lovely and functional, which is more than I can say for the ceramic teapots I love as well. Artisan ceramic teapots are often handmade, and they are very thin. In order to use them, I boil a whole pot of water, with the teapot and teacups submerged in the water to ensure that the whole piece is warmed evenly. Any bit of uneven temperature means that part of the ceramic expands and part doesn't. You have no idea how many teapots I broke in my youth doing that, but with my iron teapot, I can just dump in hot water and enjoy tea. Still, the iron conducts heat well, so I purchased an iron trivet anticipating just that.

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