I like the way that seeing other artists’ work fires you up to create your own. At the ceramics festival yesterday, I spotted this lovely mug in a sale and knew I had to own it. Those of you who know me, will vouch for the fact that I am rarely seen without a mug of tea or coffee in my hand (Lord knows what my insides look like). So mugs and cups are frequent additions to my kitchen cupboard. (This one is by Moorland Pottery, who sell similar items online, usually with reference to the UK’s incredible diversity of regional accents.)
Anyway, it seems that the little teapot on the inside of the mug caught my attention. When I looked at a lot of the photos I took yesterday in the Potteries Museum, I discovered that a large percentage of them were of teapots. Indeed, an alert observer might say I had become a bit teapot-obsessed.
So, today I decided to draw a little selection of the lovely shapes and styles I saw on display. From the 18th century to one produced this year, I love them all. In fact, I’ve decided that there could be no nicer job than creating splendid teapots and mugs, so I am inspired to come up with my own designs. (I won’t let the small matter of getting someone to actually make them bother me at this stage.) Watch this space.