Sunday, March 27, 2011

under the influence

Influenced bu time and trade

The english tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

the Chinese tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

the Baby tea pot, Coffee by Jasmine Collins

The artifact that I believe represents a revolution in design is a simple teapot.  The United States, having come from England, and very rooted in the English customs, considered tea time a very important time of the day.  This was an everyday activity.  It represented comfort and security, and as the world trade increased, so did the repetuar of teapot styles.  England and the United States were accustomed to the tall rounded bottom square top teapot, in contrast to the Eastern short, round teapot.  As we can see in this rendering, this now American teapot is almost as straight replica of a Chinese one of similar times.

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