Our collection of teapots & kettles ranges from handmade ceramic pots intended for table service by Emma Bridgewater and other potters, vintage 19th and early 20th-century copper hand-forged and tin hand-wiped pots used in England and France directly in the hearth and then later atop the stop for boiling water that remain the gold standard by which other kettles are measured.
For centuries tea service has been both an everyday extraordinary experience and an opportunity for celebration. Moroccans serve sweet mint tea to guests as a sign of hospitality—the higher the server raises the kettle and pours into the glass, the more revered and liked is the guest. In Japan, the tea ceremony is an art form and spiritual ritual rooted deeply in Zen philosophy. It is the Chinese, over 4000 years ago, however that tea became an everyday stimulant with roots in Buddhism in which it is believed that drinking tea beverages "cultivates the mind and improves mental integrity." The English brought tea to Europe on the Silk Road and it has become a part of Western culture, albeit more for the stimulant than religious reasons. Both Eastern and Western cultures revere tea for its comforting, stimulating (literally), and social qualities.
A more modern copper teapot is made by Azmaya and reflects the belief that in simplicity lies beauty. Its modern lines and lightweight sensibility make this a natural fit for New York City skyscrapers and LA bungalows.
We envy the artisanal beauty of the heavy-duty ebony, sleek, and strong cast iron Japanese tea kettles made by family-owned businesses using the same techniques employees for centuries.
For an indoor-outdoor boiling water workhorse, Staub has a heavy-duty, heirloom quality kettle. In a sophisticated black matte, slick grenadine, or sophisticated dark blue finish, the Staub teapots feature folding stainless steel handles that make for easy lid removal and pick up and carrying. These enameled cast iron kitchen workhorses are heirloom pieces designed and warranted to be the last kettle you will ever need to buy. Staub teapots may also be used on induction, gas, electric, and even grill grates for boiling water or as a nifty vessel for serving soups without the dripping associated with ladling from pot to bowl.