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Tuesday 19 February 2013

Tweepots: Tony Carter Novelty Teapots

All my life, I have professed my undying love of teapots far and wide. In fact, clearly further and wider than I had anticipated - as last week my wonderful Dutch friend Angela sent me a picture of a teapot that thoroughly blew my mind.

It was this: the typewriter teapot, a wondrous creation from Suffolk-based pottery-lord Tony Carter. Now, I'm more of your standard big-fat-cosy "More tea, vicar?" teapot lover and have never really been one for the novelty variety, but could I imagine anything better to make in teapot form? I could not.

At first, I found the tweeness so astronomical it sort of both nauseated and tickled me. Then, I looked at the website and found Tony and his wife Anita have been making these creations with real love for over 30 years. Every one is handmade and hand-painted. And the sheer range of their designs is the best use of the British imagination I could ever dream of.

It took me ages to choose which of their teapots to show you, but these are some of my favourites.

Look! A piano teapot! It even has a little phone and a photo frame perched on top, so you can tell it's a well-loved piano. And sheet music! I die. It's £69.99, just like the typewriter one.

Oh, a lighthouse one-cup teapot. Imagine drinking out of this in a house by the sea. Or just pretending you're in a house by the sea while you have a cup of tea. I don't think it matters. It's £29.99.

Bring-bring! Hello? What was what? The telephone on the piano wasn't cute enough for you? HOW ABOUT A TELEPHONE TEAPOT?! It's all shiny. I can't even. It's £69.99.

I can't even begin to imagine who you would buy this as a gift for, or which social occasion might prompt you to trot this beauty out. But come on, it's a toilet teapot. The beautifully named 'At Your Convenience' teapot is also £69.99.

Oh, a poetry books teapot. And not just any old poetry books - Tony Carter has taken the time to print the names of some of the British greats: Keats, Wordsworth, Shelley, Rossetti. This big teapot is £69.99, and there's a one-cup for £29.99.

Lastly, you cannot deny the attention to detail in this watercolourist teapot is stunning. Look at the mini paintings! This one-cup teapot is £29.99.

There are so many more in his store - from the Titanic to a fireman, from a wedding cake to a jar of marmalade. I dare you not to guiltily fall in love with at least one of them.


  1. That's not fair. How could you tempt me with teapots? Thank God you didn't show me my dream teapot of a red Aga.... (do they do a red aga?)

    1. Haha, glad it's not just me! I don't think they do a red one but they do a very fetching cooker: ...sorry in advance!

  2. I had a novelty teapot when I was a kid: it was a one-cup rocking horse, the lid was its saddle, and tea came out of its mouth (which was on reflection a little disturbing!)

    1. Haha! That is creepily charming. I didn't feature their fetching "Scot-tea" Scotty-dog teapot for that very reason, though. Drinking stuff from a dog's mouth? Not the one.

  3. Have you ever been here?
    My parents live quite close by, and often go there for a cuppa mid-country walk.


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