April 11, 2014

Short and Stout

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If you had to guess what is considered to be one of the most collected archetypal forms in the craft world, what would it be?

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Before you spend too much time with that question, I will tell you.

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It’s the teapot.

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While the traditional teapot should be at the very least functional — that is, have the ability to hold and pour a liquid, I recently viewed an exhibition that turns all that on end with the “idea of a teapot.”

If you take the most basic functional elements of what defines a teapot, it boils down to three things: a vessel-like shape with an opening at the top, a handle, and a spout.

Take those elements (and throw in a lid if you like) and you have the essence of a teapot. -- Design Observer

You laugh but this video has more than twenty-one million views on Youtube. Why? I wouldn't care to speculate.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 11, 2014 9:43 PM
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Why so many hits, G? It's a sedative for the tots.

Posted by: Jewel Atkins at April 11, 2014 8:17 PM

Thanks to this video I learned that there's a second verse to 'I'm a Little Teapot.'

Posted by: Lorne at April 11, 2014 8:39 PM

I didn't spend any time at all on this one. The answer is hats.

A panel of international crafts experts agreed based on data collected from all over the world that hats were the most imitated and reproduced object. Shoes ran a close second. May I call your attention to the icons used in Monopoly? A shoe and a hat are the most desirable to use. The cannon and sailboat are not in consideration. I could go on and on but I think the evidence speaks for itself.

I recommend Design Observer check their data. perhaps they slipped the decimal place a few, by a power of three, maybe four. the popularity of the ditty is not linked with the other assertion. Maybe twenty million people just like the lyrics. Or a few people are stacking the hits count on behalf of a major teapot manufacturer, shrug. There are some things we may never know until the harsh light of history is shined upon them.

All this before breakfast. Don't get me started on toasters.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 12, 2014 6:37 AM