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The Teapot Effect: Why Teapots Drip

Jan 2, 2013

by Karen Brown handmade and vintage goods

Joseph B. Keller is an immensely distinguished scientist. Professor Emeritus in engineering and mathematics at Stanford University, he may be known best for the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction and the Einstein–Brillouin–Keller method.

But his major work – honored with awards that include the National Medal of Science and the Wolf Prize – might not fully convey Dr. Keller’s sense of playful enthusiasm and perpetual curiosity.

What sparks the curiosity of a man who has attended lectures with Einstein and partied at Heisenberg’s house? For one, Joseph Keller is into teapots. Really into teapots. In fact, he is the world’s recognized expert on why teapots drip.

Like many of us, Dr. Keller had long observed the pesky problem of that little bit of tea that always seems to run down the outside of the spout and drip into our laps. “Then, in 1956, I heard a lecture,” he told me. “An Israeli scientist reported he asked 100 physicists why teapots drip and they all said it was due to surface tension. This scientist did some experiments that proved it couldn’t be caused by surface tension, so what is the explanation? I wrote a paper, ‘The Teapot Effect,’ shortly thereafter, showing that the effect occurred through fluid and mechanical forces.”

Dr. Keller showed that it was air pressure, not surface tension – that causes drips. “It is simply that at the pouring lip the pressure in the liquid is lower than the pressure in the surrounding air,” he said, “so air pressure pushes the tea against the lip and against the outside of the spout.”

In 1999, he and his colleague Jean-Marc Vanden-Broeck described the final act in the drippy teapot scenario when they calculated where gravity makes the drop fall off the pot. For this, Keller won his first Ig Nobel Prize Award from Harvard, which celebrates the unusual and imaginative in science. (His second Ig Nobel Prize was awarded in 2012 for calculating why a jogger’s pony tail swings side-to-side while her head is moving up and down.)

Can Dr. Keller look at a collection of teapots and make a reasonable guess at which are more or less drippy? “Yes, I believe I can,” he said.

He told me there are three things that help make a spout drip-proof. “The first thing is this,” he said. “If the teapot spout points up and then straight down at the pouring end, then the tea will flow back into the pot when the pot is turned upright again and a drip would be almost impossible.”

“Number two is this,” he said. “If the lower lip of the spout is sharp, as is the case with metallic teapots, then the trouble is ameliorated. The sharp edge would help prevent the tea from turning the corner. It’s still possible to drip but less likely if the tea is coming with any force. There are little metallic tools with sharp edges that fit over the end of a teapot spout that can covert a bad spout to a good one.”

His third piece of advice for avoiding drips is not to have the teapot too full. “Tea from a less full pot will flow with greater velocity. The faster the flow, the less likely it is that the tea will cling to the lip.”

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Fundamental forces in our universe make teapots drip, the same forces that make life itself possible. So if we found ourselves in a universe where no teapots ever dripped, is it possible we might not be able to survive there to enjoy the tea?

Dr. Keller chuckled at that idea. “The best I can tell you,” he said with full scientific rigor, “is maybe.”

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful teapots!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Very funny article! I must admit I have my on teapot collection, they're very moreish!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    Teapots always remind me of Beauty & the Beast's Mrs. Potts, one of the kindest of all Disney characters. I always thought tea pots dripped because I had a bad teapot! Now I don't feel so unlucky knowing EVERYone has this problem. ; )

  • mtraub

    Michelle Traub from mtraub said 7 years ago

    When I pour from a well-designed teapot, the easy flow serves as foundation to the meditative ritual. Love hearing this scientific approach to life's subtle forces.

  • lauraprilltoo

    Laura Prill from lauraprilltoo said 7 years ago

    "...So if we found ourselves in a universe where no teapots ever dripped, is it possible we might not be able to survive there to enjoy the tea?" Interesting a tea lover, my question would be, would it be worth surviving in a world without tea? Amazing constellation of teapots :)

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 7 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Amazing work and story! Love the pufferfish teapot.

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 7 years ago

    These are the neatest teapots I've ever seen! Love them! :)

  • AntwarePottery

    AntwarePottery from AntwarePottery said 7 years ago

    This is why well designed teapots have a hole in the lid. I have to look up his paper. I too love teapots. Especially making them.

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 7 years ago

    Great article! I love the hand painted teapot. It's unique!

  • onionbagel

    Dave and Marie from onionbagel said 7 years ago

    Probably the best article ever published on Etsy.

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 7 years ago

    They are the smallest and the most seemingly simple inquiries which astonish us at the complexity which they may be founded. Why does a tea pot drip, why does a pony tail swing side to side on a jogger, it's the simplest things which sometimes arouse the greatest awes.

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 7 years ago

    Lovely teapots, lovely science!

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 7 years ago

    All this time I thought it was me!

  • SpecialTeaCo

    David Kassar from SpecialTeaandSpiceCo said 7 years ago

    All stunning teapots. I think the one which looks like a tree stump is my favorite.

  • CraftUnikat

    Sanja from CraftUnikat said 7 years ago

    Oh, thank you so much for the feature in the best blog post ever! Teapots are just more than words...They are cute portals into magical time and space.

  • atelierOKER

    Jeannine Vrins from atelierOKER said 7 years ago

    I always try to make a not dripping teapot, but now I understand it's hardly impossible. I love your article Karen.

  • OhFaro

    Faro from OhFaro said 7 years ago

    What a great little story. I had no idea. Thanks Karen.

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 7 years ago

    Physicists are always getting caught up in the beauty of explaining everyday mysteries as much as those more obviously central to the field. Thanks for an enjoyable post! I enjoyed it as a physicist, artist and tea drinker.

  • AdrienArt

    Adrien Miller from AdrienArt said 7 years ago

    I usually focus on having a sharp edge on the bottom edge of the spout to prevent the drips. From my experience making teapots it's seems to have been the main key in cutting the stream of fluid so it doesn't roll around the tip of the spout. This article gives some nice extra insight. I think pouring technique can also be helpful to avoid drips. When the cup is nearly full, quickly tilting the pot back while pushing it in the air forwards towards the spout seems to aid in tea getting pulled back into the pot. Thanks for featuring one of my dreamer teapots!

  • vitrifiedstudio

    vitrifiedstudio from vitrifiedstudio said 7 years ago

    i learned something new from reading this! thanks

  • blkynphoto

    Suzanna Finley from blkynphoto said 7 years ago

    what a fantastic article! I am just learning how to make a teapot after many years making ceramics and this was both insightful and really sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 7 years ago

    Great article, love it.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Now, this is exactly the type of thing that makes science worthwhile! Wonderful selection of teapots by the way!

  • dbabcock

    Deb Babcock from BlueSkyPotteryCO said 7 years ago

    As an artist who makes ceramic teapots, I loved reading the science behind why a teapot will or will not drip. We are taught to have the spout higher than the top of the teapot and making the edge as sharp as possible to cut off the liquid. Thanks for the other tips and ideas!

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 7 years ago

    An an avid tea drinker and an engineer, I find this article both fascinating and entertaining! Dr. Keller seems down-to-earth, and I love how he uses a scientific approach to explain everyday phenomenon. A wonderful article!

  • JDWolfePottery

    JD Wolfe from JDWolfePottery said 7 years ago

    The quest for making the perfect teapot never ends. Loved reading this article. Thanks!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 7 years ago

    I love your article Karen ! Thanks for beautiful post !

  • paulawestpottery

    Paula West from paulawestpottery said 7 years ago

    Great article. I will keep on my quest to make a dripless spout. Thanks!

  • WhimzyThyme

    Deb from WhimzyThyme said 7 years ago

    I love drinking tea and collecting wonderful teapots. I am so honored to be part of the wonderful article and fabulous collection. Thank you so very much Karen. I so appreciate you.

  • alangood

    alangood said 7 years ago

    I'm a coffee drinker, truth be told, but I still find this article fascinating. Thank you , karen!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 7 years ago

    LOVE this♥♥ I try out all my tea pots for drips before I sell them:>)

  • barbaradonovan

    barbaradonovan from barbaradonovan said 7 years ago

    Fascinating fun to learn the science behind the pour and view many wonderful teapots. Thanks!

  • cedarpocket

    Melissa Brown from CedarPocket said 7 years ago

    Excellent article in every respect. Science plays such an important role in even the smallest everyday matters. It brings richness to life to know how things work. Thanks!

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns said 7 years ago

    As part of a family of tea drinkers, this article was very interesting to me & now I know what to look for when trying to find less drippy teapots. Thank you for including all the lovely teapots, I think I found one for my mom, my sister & myself. ~ Catherine

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    Fascinating!! Hmmm, I never noticed that little detail! I will make a few tea-pots as a result of your post, and see it in action! Thanks for the great article, and the beautiful tea-pots you featured! I especially love the one with the octopus handle and the ocean theme :)

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Some of the creativity in the making of these teapots is amazing! What a beautiful art form.

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 7 years ago

    Great article and fabulous teapots!

  • calistagraaff

    Calista Graaff from CraftyCalista said 7 years ago

    Love the article - thanks for the solution!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 7 years ago

    Beautiful article! They say mathematics and music have a lot in common, and here is another example of science and tea being closer to one another than one could imagine. Thank you for this interview, I enjoyed reading it very much... while having my cup of tea :).

  • naturametallum

    Pamela from naturametallum said 7 years ago

    What a delightful read. Being a tea fanatic this article just made my day.....thank you!

  • TheCrochetCafe

    Meg from TheCrochetCafe said 7 years ago

    Very interesting, I love all the teapots!

  • laspottery

    Lisa Sowers Finley from LASpottery said 7 years ago

    cool article!! I knew about the sharp edge, works for pitchers & creamers too! Amazing teapots in this article!

  • minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 7 years ago

    I was pretty fearful to make my first teapot, 25 years ago, since my teacher had said it's the "epitome" of being an excellent potter. But, once I tried, I found I have quite a knack at it. I even make then pretty teeny, about 1/2 inches long by about an inch tall. And, yes, turned in three pieces, with my fingers, just like the larger ones. Body, Spout and Lid, then put them all together! It's fun! ♥♥♥

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    Sue from DaisyandFlorrie said 7 years ago

    Love it when science and art meet!

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 7 years ago

    Intahresting...veddy veddy intahresting..;)

  • minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 7 years ago

    I love teapots and tea! I especially enjoy challenging myself making them, even teeny tiny, turning each piece on the pottery wheel with my fingers! ♥♥♥

  • pattonpottery

    Joel Patton from pattonpottery said 7 years ago

    Thank you. . . excellent read, and exceedingly helpful.

  • dorothydomingo

    Dorothy Domingo from dorothydomingo said 7 years ago

    I must admit when I've made teapots my main emphasis has been on the design - making the spout, feet, lid, body and handle work together in an artistic way. A functional spout without drips was just a little too intimidating! I don't feel so bad now that I learned a lot of teapots drip. I may give a functional rather than sculptural teapot another go!

  • marycarolperez

    mary perez from MaryCarolPerez said 7 years ago

    But, don't forget that the very best teapot might drip, just like a fine bottle of wine...

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor said 7 years ago

    Oh Love this article its one i can share with my hubby : Thank you Karen and Professor Keller

  • Runningpuma24

    Felicia Plunkett from Runningpuma24 said 7 years ago

    I remember reading that paper in grad school... i love that it found its way onto Etsy!

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 7 years ago

    Haha, funny! I thoroughly enjoyed this article, thank you so much for writing it. And how amazing that you even thought to ask the question! Delightful teapots, too, btw.

  • CreativityHappens

    Barbara from CreativityHappens said 7 years ago

    I love this!! Thanks for the great article!

  • susanmack3

    Susan Mack from HappyValleyHerbs said 7 years ago

    Ok... Now I have to go check! I don't think I ever notice that a teapot drips! LOL

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 7 years ago

    I've always hated the dripping from teapots, now I can figure out which ones to buy to avoid this problem! Thanks etsy ;)

  • InglesidePottery

    Laine from InglesidePottery said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    Great copper teapot!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 7 years ago

    I love your work, congrats

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 7 years ago

    One of my New Year's resolutions was switching from coffee to tea. Thank you for the informative article. Also: the pufferfish teapot is amazing!

  • sippiewine

    Emily Speiser from SippieWine said 7 years ago

    Thanks for posting this great article. Food for thought. And I very much appreciate you featuring my shop!! It's inspired me to have a teapot sale! The Heath Teapot is now on sale. Happy New Year!

  • MaruMaru

    MaruMaru from MaruMaru said 7 years ago

    wow these are so cool!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 7 years ago

    This is so nerd-awesome, I can hardly handle it. Thank you for such an interesting piece (and lovely teapots).

  • fivetenfifteen

    catie from fivetenfifteen said 7 years ago

    i just set my drippy teapot on a tea towel. {i mean, isn't that why we have tea towels?}

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 7 years ago

    Dripping teapots are irritating! I finally figured out it's the less expensive and novelty pots I own that are the ones not designed properly. A well designed pot feels good and is a pleasure to use, they become the go-to pots. Thanks for the article, enjoyed it!

  • LennyMud

    Lenny Mud from LennyMud said 7 years ago

    Loved this article! Interesting to understand the mechanics while appreciating so many different aesthetics. Thank you so much!

  • EyeCandyandMore

    Shirley from EyeCandyandMore said 7 years ago

    Ha !! How much fun this blog was to read !! I drink and serve tea several times a week. I own about 47 teapots. If I find one I really want, I ask if I can try it first because the flow of the tea from the spout to the cup is very important to me. The tea must come out in a perfect stream or I won't buy it. I served tea tonight actually, and filled my pot three quarters full to make four cups. I did notice that after pouring the first cuppa one drop dripped.. It didn't happen again after that first cup. I usually try to give the pot a quick lift to avoid the drip and sometimes it does work actually.. lol.. I totally enjoyed this read.. it was lot's of fun.. ty

  • kittenkagome

    Jennifer Grow from kittenkagome said 7 years ago

    Cool info. The more you know...:P

  • Rail19

    Rail19 from Rail19 said 7 years ago

    Lovely designs and structures, and creative blog post! WOW Shirley! 47 teapots is quite the collection.

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 7 years ago

    Amazing! I love the fact that the world expert on teapot drips was inspired by an Israeli scientist too! (yes, a little patriotic pride is dripping out of my spout here too) It's amazing how such a little thing like a teapot's drip can be so closely intertwined with the grand forces of the universe that hold everything together. I say that's a perfect call for a cuppa!

  • sharrachel

    Sharon Young from SharsClayWorks said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article and collection! I am honored that you included mine! I love making teapots and I can't wait to get back on the wheel for my next series! :) Thank you.

  • VintageDanishDesign

    VintageDanishDesign from VintageDanishDesign said 7 years ago

    Such nteresting blog post - thank you Karen!

  • sweetsunshine2012

    Missy said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful article and such a unique insight from a very interesting man! This is an article I will be re-reading. :)

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 7 years ago

    Great way to get my mind working first thing in the morning, considering the mechanics of a drip free teapot!

  • Tjossem

    Sara from Tjossem said 7 years ago

    What a fun article and just the way to make teapots come alive for people! Many thanks.

  • Diciedue

    Lee Jackson from BuckRunPottery said 7 years ago

    Thanks Karen!

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    Karen Fiorino from ClayLickCreekPottery said 7 years ago

    This is one of the better articles I've read on Etsy. I love and appreciate the scientific reasons behind dripping or not.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 7 years ago

    Amazing! I really love the pottery....

  • akatale

    Natalie from akatale said 7 years ago

    another great article! Thanks!

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 7 years ago

    Love this article. It is perfect weather here for a cup of steaming tea!

  • allstarorganics

    allstarorganics from allstarorganics said 7 years ago

    It's inspiring to see so much scientific rigor and aesthetic exuberance lavished on a common, everyday object. If only we invested this much attention on everything in our environment. I can only imagine it would improve the function and beauty of everything we make and use.

  • kiracall

    Kira Call from KirasPotshop said 7 years ago

    Thank you for featuring my Brass Knuckle Teapot! I'm flattered. The article is refreshing-- there are too many drippy teapots out there.

  • kiracall

    Kira Call from KirasPotshop said 7 years ago

    Also, teapot spouts are really tricky, even if you've been taught the "right way" to make them. The trick is making sure the spout has a larger base in comparison to the opening of the spout, and the end of the spout should form a straight channel-- for example, geometrically conical spouts aren't the answer because the water isn't channeled and when it leaves the spout the stream will probably gush out because the fluid is being channeled to a smaller point than is necessary. Trumpet spouts are also problematic. If the spout dramatically flares out at the end, or gets wider than the narrowest point, the fluid will gush out unattractively, no matter how sharp the lip of the spout may be. The opening of the spout should be the narrowest point, but there should be a "straightening out" section to redirect the water in a fluid stream, and then the lip of the spout should be crisp. Hope this tip helps teapot adventurers :)

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 7 years ago

    Yes, Sharon, it was pretty "nerd-awesome" to talk to Dr. Keller. He was very generous with his time, and stopped frequently to ask, "Do you understand?" as he explained the Teapot Effect. His patience and clarity reminded me of what makes a teacher exceptional. And I cannot possibly tell you how much fun it was to shop for teapots on Etsy. So design-rich, experimental, and adventurous! So much variation, all in service of the perfect pour.

  • mary99yram

    Mary O'Malley from MaryOMalleyCeramics said 7 years ago

    Such a great article! Honored to have one of my teapots included!

  • shepherdsgrove

    Christine from shepherdsgrove said 7 years ago

    What a great article - Dr. Keller is a very interesting man and I love that he's taken such a big interest in why teapots drip :) Thanks so much for including my Australian Shepherd teapot.

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 7 years ago

    I loved reading this (and lifelong passion is always inspiring, no?) And, the teapots you featured are great! I thought I found my favorite and then would see the next and have a new favorite. It is a fantastic, original selection of teapots. Thanks!

  • BijouxOdalisque

    Bijoux d'Odalisque from BijouxOdalisque said 7 years ago

    Great article Karen! I don't know where you find these fascinating people but I want to collect them all! I plan on getting out my Grandmother's teapot collection today - you know what I'll be doing :)

  • gotowrist

    Camel Lee from gotowrist said 7 years ago

    Such a great tea pot! A interesting blog post!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    I LOVE tea and I'm a scientist at heart so it's fabulous to hear the science behind this simple tea event. That starfish sea bramble tea pot is simply amazing!!!

  • Talking1

    Richard - TalkToMeGuy said 7 years ago

    I feel so Happy when I read about Keller's sense of whimsy With science ... YaY ! Thank You Karen, another Great interview!

  • seule771

    Ainee Beland from seule771 said 7 years ago

    I am very interested in teapots and this article. Thank you for sharing. I hope to make mention of it on my little blog page referencing it back to here. I am not writer of any calibre!

  • CrowWhitePottery

    Cecilia and Eyal Lind-Binyamini from CrowWhitePottery said 7 years ago

    A brilliant piece! Simon Leach also gives some very useful tips on how to construct a non-drip spout - worth checking out if you're a teapot maker. Thank you for including our teapot in such good company!! all the best, Cecilia & Eyal

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 7 years ago

    It's so interesting to hear the different design strategies that echo the Teapot Effect. For example, AntWear, the hole in the lid is probably connected to the idea of using air pressure to force the tea out, similar to filling the pot only part way. And Kira, the narrowing of the spout that you so beautifully describe probably increases the velocity of the tea and therefore decreases the likelihood of a drip. It's so interesting to hear how observant craftspeople have solved everyday problems through responsive design.

  • mbueb

    Monica Bueb from MonicaBags said 7 years ago

    Great article, Karen. It's both informative and adorable — from Keller to your tea pot selections!

  • studiominutia

    Chris White, Marta Finkelstein from StudioMinutia said 7 years ago

    What an interesting and informative article for those wishing to balance function and aesthetics. I'm honored to have my teapot feature in such a great article!

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    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago


  • EurekaGuides

    Eureka Internet Guides from EurekaGuides said 7 years ago

    Love this! Thanks so much. I learned a lot.

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Great article and beautiful teapots!

  • FlowerMoundEscape

    Melinda from FlowerMoundEscape said 7 years ago

    I have loved teapots since I was a little girl. They remind me of a time when things were a bit simpler even though there was more formality. This article proves that I'm not the only one that has ever wondered over this tiny little detail. Far superior minds than mine have taken the time to study it, so maybe I'm not as crazy as my husband claims! Thank you for proof!

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 7 years ago

    So now I finally know why the teapot drips! Thanks!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 7 years ago

    Interesting teapots!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    So interesting. It totally makes sense once someone does all the work to find out why. ♥

  • BunnysLuck

    Mary Anne from BunnysLuck said 7 years ago

    Now....can the good doctor explain why, when you snap a piece of uncooked spagetti, there is always a little chip that snaps off and goes flying through the air? I know the folks at MIT were looking into this - seriously! - but I don't think they came up with a definitive answer. It's up to you Dr. Keller!

  • beadeddragons

    Brittany from beadeddragons said 7 years ago

    Yay science. I have loved science ever since I was little and my dad was reading Christopher the Mouse books to me and my sister. :)

  • sapanosh76

    Heather from Heirrahome said 7 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for featuring my shop!

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile said 7 years ago

    As a person who collects handmade teapots, the pictures above made me have a spasm. The good kind!

  • LostInTheValley

    LostInTheValley from LostInTheValleyPhoto said 7 years ago

    I also have a teapot obsession! What a fun blog post!

  • evatherese

    evatherese said 7 years ago

    I have a small ring with fabric on the inside, that stops the drip from running down the side of the pot. It's not the perfect solution, but it gets rid of some of the problem. And it is painted like a ladybug!

  • KaransPotsAndGlass

    Karan from KaransPotsAndGlass said 7 years ago

    As a potter who has made countless teapots over the years, I found this right on. My biggest concern on teapots and pitchers too, is the sharpness of the angle on the outside, to encourage a quick "cut off". Rounded edges in my experience, drip every time. Same is true of a pitcher spout. I also concentrate on the flow of the liquid from the pot, so it has a quick flow up a channel to a quality pouring spout! :-) I'm big on quality handles, and quality spouts! No detail is too small!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 7 years ago

    These are all absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this story.

  • 27thAVE

    27thAVE from 27thAVE said 7 years ago

    Interesting article along with a lovely collection of teapots for viewing. What's not to like! Terrific Treasury! Thanks for including my teapot in your lovely collection.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 7 years ago

    After reading why teapots drip, I no longer think I need a new thermos because that one will drip too. How did I miss this article? Even though I know next to nothing about it, surface tension just seemed too obvious. But count on those Israelis to figure it out - What a sharp bunch!

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 7 years ago

    So interesting, and now I have a guideline for choosing a new teapot.

  • AustriaBrass

    AustriaBrass from AustriaBrass said 7 years ago

    Very cool, learn something new everyday. Thanks for featuring our teapots!

  • casaAbril

    Carmo Stichini from CasaAbril said 7 years ago

    really nice! thank you!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 7 years ago


  • jeansclaystudio

    Jean Smaglik Wells from jeansclaystudio said 7 years ago

    Well written article with great tips! Thanks for posting on the Etsy Mud Team thread!

  • thedarkwithin

    F. Sousa from FatPurpleBird said 7 years ago

    Next time someone blames my teapot, I say "blame science instead" ! Really interesting :)

  • moczan22

    Maryssa Moczan from MaryssaMoczanStudios said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collection of pots!

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I love this!!

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