Ceramic teapots: The ultimate guide to choosing the perfect one for you.

Having a unique ceramic teapot brings character and personality to your kitchen or dining room. A piece that can be a reflection of your personal style.
For example, the handmade teapots show the talent and creativity of the artisan who made them, making them more than just functional objects. In addition, we are collaborating with craftsmanship and we are acquiring an environmentally friendly product.

In this guide we give you the best options to choose from, explain the advantages of ceramic teapots and explain what you need to care for and maintain them.

10 reasons why you need a handmade ceramic teapot in your life

Why use a generic teapot that anyone can have? Get to know the world of handcrafted ceramic teapots!

  1. Each one is unique, with its own quirks and personality, making tea drinking a more special experience. You’ll never want to go back to a boring mass-produced teapot once you’ve experienced the charm and character of a handmade ceramic teapot.
  2. Support independent artists and small businesses by choosing a handmade teapot. When you buy from an artisan, you not only acquire a unique piece, but you also contribute to sustaining their labor and creative work.
  3. Handmade ceramic teapots are usually made with higher quality materials and using more careful methods, resulting in a more durable product. They can last for years or even generations if properly cared for.
  4. Handmade teapots are not only functional, but can also serve as beautiful decorative pieces. They deserve to be displayed on the kitchen countertop or dining table for a nice touch.
  5. Don’t settle for an industrial model when you can have a piece with intricate designs, patterns and unique details. Handmade teapots come in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern, and can fit any aesthetic.”
  6. Can’t find inspiration in the kitchen? A beautifully crafted object can be the perfect touch to spark your creativity and unite cooking and entertaining.
  7. Some of these ceramic teapots have special features that make them more practical and efficient, such as built-in infusers or insulated handles.
  8. They can be a perfect gift for someone special close to you, a tea lover. They are sure to love it. Besides, if they are a tea fanatic they can never have enough teapots 😉
  9. If you choose a handmade piece, you will be investing in a durable object that over time will share special moments, such as getting together for a cup of tea. It will acquire sentimental value and will be a teapot that you can pass on to future generations.
  10. It will help you appreciate the ritual of tea time and make it even more enjoyable with a handmade ceramic piece. These teapots add a touch of luxury and elegance to your daily routine and make for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Types of ceramic teapots

There are many types of styles, materials and origins. Also of different sizes, colors and decorations. Let’s not forget that if they are handmade teapots, no two will be the same. We will tell you about the different varieties so that you can make the right choice.


Japanese ceramic teapots

Japanese ceramic teapots are true works of art. Known for their varied designs and perfect characteristics for tea, they are a staple in the collection of any tea lover. There is a rich tradition of teapots since in Japan the tea ceremony is a fundamental part of their culture.
Work of Song Tea Ware


Chinese ceramic teapots

They have a rich history dating back thousands of years. Over time, the production of these teapots spread beyond China and began to be exported, not least because porcelain was not yet manufactured in Europe. Today, they are still highly appreciated for their traditional designs and delicacy.
Work of Byzantium XII


London ceramic teapots

Of classic designs, there is also a great tradition of tea in the UK. These pieces are very characteristic and have a clear western aesthetic. Today you can find more avant-garde handcrafted designs. London Pottery is also a well-known brand of ceramics.
Work of Bluewillow tea shop

tetera de ceramica blanca

White ceramic teapots

They add a touch of elegance to your tea time. White is not only a classic and timeless color, but it also reflects light beautifully, adding sparkle to your table. It conveys a clean, crisp look when serving tea.
Work of Emburr

tetera de ceramica con infusor

With infuser

This type of teapot has several advantages, it allows for more accurate brewing of loose leaf tea, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic cup of tea. It is more environmentally friendly than using disposable tea bags, as the infuser can be used over and over again.
Work of Tangpin

tetera de ceramica de diseño moderno

Modern ceramic teapots

Avant-garde designs that catch the attention of the guests. Originality is the protagonist without leaving aside the quality of these handmade pieces by contemporary artists.
Work of BaradaxCeramics

How to use a ceramic teapot

Fill the teapot with the desired amount of water, place on medium heat until the water comes to a boil or to the appropriate temperature for the type of tea you are preparing. Place the desired amount of loose leaf tea in the infuser or strainer and put it in the teapot (unless you use disposable tea bags).

If you have heated the water separately, when it is at the right temperature, pour it over the tea leaves in the infuser or strainer in the teapot.

Let the tea steep for the recommended time, which is usually 3 to 5 minutes for green tea and 5 to 7 minutes for black tea. Once the time has passed, remove the infuser. It is now ready to serve.

Can you put a ceramic teapot on the stove?

In many cases it is possible to put a ceramic teapot on the fire, but it is important to be careful when doing so. First of all, it is necessary to follow the recommendations of the artist who made it. Ceramic is a type of clay that has been fired at a high temperature to make it hard and tough, but it is still a brittle material and can be prone to cracking or breaking if subjected to sudden temperature changes or rough handling. When using a ceramic kettle in the kitchen, it is important to use low to medium heat and heat the kettle gradually, to avoid thermal shock. You can also use a heat diffuser to distribute the heat and protect it from direct contact with the heat source.

Using a teapot warmer

A warmer is a piece used to keep the tea hot. It is usually made of ceramic material and is made to hold the teapot from above, with a space underneath for a candle or other heat source, which will help maintain the temperature to be able to serve the tea for as long as we want. There are also electric ones.

Ceramic teapot warmers are often used in restaurants and other places where tea is served as they help to keep the tea warm and full of its properties during any evening or get-together, no matter how long it may be.

Calentador para teteras de cerámica
Calentador de tetera de cerámica, obra de Tangpin

How these handmade teapots are created

Making these pieces takes a great deal of work for the artist, in addition to the talent required to achieve these beautiful works. This section will give you an idea of the effort and merit that goes into making these handcrafted teapots.

The process of its creation involves several steps, such as preparing the clay, shaping the teapot, attaching handles and spouts, drying and firing the bisque, glazing and final firing. Here is a more detailed description of each step.

The first thing is to prepare the clay. This involves kneading it to remove any air bubbles and making sure it is pliable and easy to work with. The type of clay used will depend on the desired properties of the finished teapot, such as its strength, porosity and color.

Once the clay is prepared, it can be shaped into the desired form using various techniques, such as modeling, lathe or a combination of both. Modeling is done with the hands as well as with tools such as sculpting knives, needles and sponges. On a potter’s wheel it is shaped while the piece is being turned.

Once the main body of the teapot has been shaped, handles and spouts can be added. These can be made from the same clay as the teapot or from a different clay. They are attached to the teapot with “barbotina”, which is a mixture of clay thinned with water.

Here the teapot can be decorated, then it must be completely dried. A first firing called “bisque firing” is carried out, which removes all the moisture from the clay and hardens it.

It is then placed in a kiln to fire ceramics at the required temperature depending on the clay and the piece (between 900ºC and 1400ºC, in the case of porcelain).

Once fired, it is ready for the glaze (which includes silica and metal oxides, among other natural minerals) to be applied to the surface. It is then fired again to create a smooth, glossy finish. There are many different types of glazed ceramics, each with its own unique properties and appearance.

After the final firing, the kettle is allowed to cool and is ready for use.

It must be said that the entire process of creating a handcrafted ceramic teapot is environmentally friendly, does not generate any polluting waste and produces a beautiful piece that is completely safe for food use.

Preciosa tetera  de cerámica pequeña, hecha a mano por SArtCreations
Preciosa tetera de cerámica pequeña, hecha a mano por SArtCreations

How to care and preserve your ceramic teapot

Here are some tips for caring for a handmade ceramic teapot:

  • Clean the kettle regularly to prevent dirt or stains from accumulating. To clean, fill the kettle with hot water, use a small amount of mild dish soap, and use a soft bristle brush or sponge to scrub the inside and outside of the kettle. Rinse the kettle well with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth or let it air dry. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on the kettle, as they can damage the surface. Other options are to use white vinegar and/or baking soda.
  • Some people think that it should only be cleaned with hot water so that it does not pick up odors from other products.
  • Above all, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean the teapot, as they may damage the glaze or alter the color of the clay.
  • If it has a removable infuser, be sure to clean it separately following the same method.
  • Avoid exposing it to extreme temperature changes, as they may crack or break it. For example, do not place a cold teapot directly over the maximum heat source.
  • Store it in a dry place to prevent it from getting damp. If you have to store the kettle for a long time, consider wrapping it in a protective material, such as bubble wrap or tissue paper.
  • If your teapot has a delicate design or finish, it may be better to wash it by hand rather than putting it in the dishwasher.
  • Take precautions when using it to avoid accidents or spills. For example, be sure to hold the lid and handle securely, and pour slowly to avoid overflowing.
  • By following these simple care instructions, you will ensure that your handmade ceramic teapot stays in good condition and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Tetera de porcelana azul y blanca grande
Tetera de porcelana grande, en azul y blanco, de WrappedRoundMyFinger

Buying a ceramic teapot: advantages

Ceramic helps to keep the tea hot for a longer time. Generally tea is drunk slowly and has to maintain its temperature the longer the better.

It is a material, if well cared for, durable and resistant to chips, cracks and scratches.

These teapots are available in a myriad of shapes, styles and designs, as ceramic is a very versatile material. They can be glazed in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

Fired clay is a natural and sustainable material, these teapots are made in a more environmentally friendly way than those made with other materials. In addition, they are handmade by artisan potters who are conscious of ecological responsibility. If you buy one of these pieces, you will be supporting small businesses and reducing the environmental impact of mass production.

Glazed ceramic prevents the exchange of aromas and nuances, unlike other materials. If you take care of your teapot, it will be perfectly maintained over time.

Ideas to inspire you to find yours or give something original as a present

Set de tetera y tazas

Set of teapots and cups

Set with 6 cups. The tea flows from the top into the lower container or directly into each cup.
See more of Oriental Bliss Store

Original tetera de diseño clásico

Teapot with original design

This handmade work in high quality ceramic “has the books” of the great writer Charles Dickens.
See work of Carters of Suffolk

Tetera pequeña esmaltada

Individual small teapots

To enjoy a quiet moment in solitude.
See Tangpin’s work

tetera de original diseño

A funny design

Set with 6 cups. The tea flows from the top into the lower container or directly into each cup.
See work of Carters of Suffolk

big ceramic handmade teapot

Large teapot with traditional motifs

Contains infuser. A beautiful and unique handcrafted piece.
See more of Ceramics Doladu

tetera ceramica raku

Raku ceramic teapots

The raku is a traditional Japanese ceramic, this model has a bamboo handle.
See more from ANuthermansTreasures


Buying a handmade ceramic teapot is an environmentally friendly option, supports the small businessman and is a good choice to have a unique and durable piece. You will own an artistic object that will inspire your meetings and moments of enjoying a good tea.

There are oriental models from China and Japan and western artists who work using ancient techniques, keeping alive the tradition of tea drinking. These pieces coexist with avant-garde works that bring a different style that may suit you better.

In any case, drinking tea in the right way requires the necessary elements to enjoy its properties and benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of using a ceramic teapot?

Ceramic is a durable, heat-resistant, non-toxic material that does not alter the taste of water or tea, as it does not retain odors or flavors. It maintains the temperature of the tea for the necessary time.

How should it be cared for?

It is recommended to wash it by hand with warm water and mild soap after each use. Do not immerse the kettle in cold water immediately after heating it, as this could damage the ceramic. Do not use harsh cleaners or abrasive sponges, as this will damage the surface.

Can I put a ceramic teapot in the microwave?

Most glazed ceramic teapots can be used in the microwave, but unglazed ceramic teapots cannot, because microwaves will cause it to overheat and may cause cracking. In any case, ALWAYS consult the manufacturer’s directions.

Can you put a ceramic teapot in the dishwasher?

It is possible in many cases, but it will depend on the manufacturer’s instructions. Some handcrafted pieces are best washed by hand in the long run.

Can the water in them be heated directly over a heat source?

It depends on the type of kettle and what the manufacturer indicates, in some cases it is possible, avoiding sudden temperature changes, not using a very high power of the heat source and not placing the piece very cold on it.

How to keep it?

Avoid constant direct sunlight and a humid place. Ceramic teapots should be protected in a dry place.

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