Advice to sink in slowly, on this icy, rainy, winter day. Slow down; drink tea. Make it in a teapot. Take a moment, while drinking tea, to look at the teapot look at your cup. Really look. Are you looking? Consider what you see. Consider the memories you already have of these things, and the memories you are making right now. Enjoy.
Sam Taylor, of Dog Bar Pottery, teapot
“Slow down, drink coffee from a handmade mug. Slow down when making the mug. Pay attention to the earthly processes that are involved and the full nature of what a mug has been and could be. Once again, it will be good for you and good for the planet. Buy from your local potter. Even if the handmade object is not utilitarian, it is a slow object. It still requires a stilling in the making and in the enjoying. Slow down; take it in on a sensual level. Add to that basic appeal whatever experience you have had with similar objects, be it resonance or the surprise of unexpected elements. Buy from a local artist. Attend your local gallery exhibitions. Clay sculptures, installations, conceptual works: they all ask us to slow down and pay attention, to examine our preconceptions.”
Chris Weaver, teapot with wooden handle
There’s nothing slower than a teapot on a chilly winter day. Teapots have been on my mind this month, what with winter and wood stoves and contemplation. These are some of my current mullings, and may they inspire you to pull out your favorite, boil up some hot water, and sip away…
Linda Sikora, teapot