Tuesday & Teapots

I have teapots on my mind, always. One that would be a dream purchase is the marbled one from Astier de Vilatte.

Photo from Remodelista.com

However it comes with a hefty pricetag. Out of my budget for sure. I have thought about this teapot a lot however and as I was digging around in the cupboards the other day trying to find something to put a bunch of lilies in, I found something I made last summer.


I had bought a marbling kit of sorts, not proper marbling, but a sort of simplified D.I.Y thing, at the craft store and used that to make this. If I remember correctly there were two color combinations and I chose this one as I’m partial to both pink and green. The teapot came from a flea market.

Mine isn’t as nice as theirs, marbling is an art I have not yet mastered. There could also be reason to question my choice of colours as it’s possible that it would look nicer in something more subtle. And the proportion of this pot isn’t as elegant. But now that I’ve dug it out I will try to use it more. However I won’t buy lilies again, I had forgotten what a hassle they are with leaving pollen all over the place, too enticing to the cat (so constant fear of them being knocked over) and simple fact that I don’t really have any vases big enough.



7 things to do with teapots

It’s a known fact that I have a weakness for teapots. I have about a dozen at this point, in different sizes and qualities. They are a very good thing to have around for a number of purposes. Let me list a few.

1. Serve tea; this one is self-explanatory I guess. But I really do advocate making a pot of tea if possible as it tastes so much better than making a cup.

2. Serve cocktails; this old speak-easy trick is a conversations starter,mood enhancer and hostess helper. A punch, or a drink with lower alcoholic content i.e. something based on champagne, is easy to make ahead and thus create more time to socialize, if that’s what you want to do. Something like a French 75 is a good idea.

3. Use as a vase or flower pot; it does look very charming I think.



4. Make Lampshades; I realize that I’m the only one nutty enough to make lampshades out of teapots but just putting a garland of lights in one made of delicate china is very nice, as it will give off a very cosy glow in the dark.


5. Organize; using teapots to store either kitchen utensils or a rather large collection of brushes and pens is something I’ve done more then once in life. It is very stylish, especially if all the teapots are in the same colour ( and but that I mean blue and white;  no matter what style or patter they look fresh together).

6. To water plants; this one came out of necessity but it does add a certain glamour to the rather mundane proceedings of making sure the pelargoniums don’t wilt.


7. Carry as a handbag; I’ve only seen this in photos but designer Bea Szenfeld is my hero. Someday I will do this.



Let there be light..

img_9752I got the idea to make lampshades from teapots when I saw a few around, although they were all of the kind that you hang in a window or somewhere. Very stylish for sure but I don’t have those kinds of windows; I wanted teapots on a stick to put it simply.

The choice to use this kind of teapot that they sell at the asian supermarket has to do partly with my love of them: I think they are very stylish in their simplicity and I knew from using small teacups as tea lights that they small “dots”, where the material is thinner, gives a very cosy effect.

This all came to me in London and I was lucky enough to have someone there that knows a thing or two about D.I.Y. I was instructed to buy a special tool(from Dremel or equivalent) and diamond-slip discs and then get to work. Sounds simple,no?

It isn’t. You have to be very careful or you’ll crack the teapot. I broke two. It takes at least an hour of very slow cutting along the lower rim to make it. Try to get the edge as neat and straight as possible as sanding it down (also with bits included or bought for the tool) takes time. It makes a lot of noise and dust so you have to wear ear protection and a mouthguard(and be someplace where this is acceptable). I wondered more then once what I had gotten myself into.

There are teapots that look beautiful,often of japanese origin, that are to thin to actually function as teapots, they were made as decoration and are easier to make into lampshades but then you have to be super careful; they crack very easily.

As these were made before I started blogging I have no pictures of the process to show you but hopefully it makes sense. I imagine there can be better tutorials online if you look, or versions of this.

I made three for myself and as everyone around me got excited I made a few more to give away as presents. But then people started asking me to make teapots they already had into shades so I did that instead.


When the cutting and sanding of the lower rim is done it’s a matter of getting a “holder”. This is easiest found by going to a flea market and buying an old worn out lampshade and stripping it of everything but the attachment. This is what holds up the teapot on the lamp /the foot  but don’t get the kind that is put on the bulb; these shades are too heavy and it will only fall to the side(and possibly break). Make sure that it fits in the teapot first, you want it to be invisible. There are store that sell supplies for making ordinary lampshades and those are also a good place to visit(although when I did,looking for holders, the staff looked at me like I was mad when I explained what I needed them for).

All in all it took a fair bit of time and effort(and some money) but I’m very happy with them. If someone wants to buy one,make me an offer; I have more then I need.

A much easier way to go about it is to buy a teapot like this, or one in thin porcelain , and just put one of those battery-driven light garlands in it. Will look great in the kitchen.