The name teakettica, just in case it wasn’t obvious, stems from my love for all things tea: teapots, green tea, black tea, herbal tea, teacups — if it’s tea, I love it. There is only one exception, but I’ll save that for another post.
My respect for the tea industry grew after purchasing a book called 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. The teapots in this book range from wheel-thrown to very detailed pieces, traditional kettles to Salvador Dali-inspired ones that might give you nightmares. They are all so incredible.
It wasn’t until 4 years or so later that I realized that these teapots share the same sort of history as typography. Each teapot is inspired by a particular era. Some are graceful and elegant while others are boxy and stubby.
However, no one is really sure who invented the teapot. Some say it was the chinese; but, others say they just drank tea right out of the cup after letting the leaves settle. Scholars also think it could have been the islamics. The first teapot was introduced sometime in the 1600’s.
I can’t help but find this ironic — this is also the time that classical/oldstyle fonts leave their mark on the world.
I have always preferred oldstyle fonts. Goudy is my personal favorite, as it has a few eccentricities that some of the others do not. It makes sense. It was invented well after the others, in 1916.
I appreciate it’s modern take on something so timeless and beautiful.