TEAPOT OF THE WEEK!
This Carters of Suffolk teapot was made in England as a commemorative collectable for London’s famous department store, Harrods. The single-cup teapot is in the shape of a shopping bag, with gold handles and lettering. The contents of the bag are shown on the lid, including a champaign bottle and two presents. The champaign bottle cap is also gold, while the ribbon on the larger present is silver. Carter’s of Suffolk pride themselves on their quality, and as such, they use real gold and platinum. In addition to this design, they have also created a delivery van teapot for Harrods.
Founded by Tony Carter and his wife in 1978, Carters of Suffolk was originally known as Kiln Cottage Pottery. Their handmade ceramics quickly developed a keen following, and soon the quirky teapot designs gained an international audience. Their novelty designs continue a tradition which began in England when the first teapots were imported from China.
By the 18th century, potteries such as Whieldon and Wedgewood were experimenting with design and materials, and it is this tradition of experimentation that Carters of Suffolk continue to uphold.
In 2013, Tony’s wife passed away and the business was bought by Brett Hawksbee. Tony did not leave the company at this time, instead remaining involved in many aspects of the business. Each item that the Pottery creates is part of a limited production run of between 100 and 2000 teapots worldwide, making each of them a rarity. They are also hand painted, so no two are exactly alike.