Porcelain teapots

We already know that there are many types of teapots on the market for all tastes and styles imaginable. But if we stick to the most classic ones, the image that comes to everyone’s mind when they think of a teapot, white porcelain teapots, come to the fore, without a doubt.

When we talk about teapots made of porcelain, we must inevitably allude to ceramic teapots as well. These are a slightly cheaper option, perhaps less delicate from an aesthetic point of view, but with very similar advantages and disadvantages.

So now you know: if you are thinking of buying a porcelain teapot and what you find is too expensive, you can always consider the ceramic option, where you may find very similar teapots at a lower cost.

Porcelain teapots can be found in different styles and formats: tea jugs, teapots with cups, English teapots, Japanese teapots, etcetera. All of them, however, have a fairly classic air in both design and ornamentation.

How exactly does a porcelain teapot work?

Despite the variety of styles mentioned above, there is a common thread running through all these pieces: they are porcelain teapots with an infuser and are used by pouring hot water into them. Not by putting them on the fire (of course).

So the way to use a porcelain teapot can be summarised as follows:

  • Bring hot water to the boil.
  • Pour the tea leaves into the infuser of our porcelain teapot.
  • Add the hot water to the teapot and cover.
  • Wait a few minutes (depending on the type of tea we have used and how we like it).
  • Pour the tea through the spout of the teapot, which will normally have a fairly long neck.

English porcelain teapots

If there is a classic association of porcelain teapots, it is without a doubt the English style. A classic British tea set should be made of porcelain and will also be characterised by delicate floral motifs and even some gilded ornaments on the rims. It is inevitable to evoke a certain romantic and vintage feel when looking at them.

These English porcelain teapots have a rounded shape and a characteristic swan-shaped neck leading to the spout. They usually have a stainless steel filter, and the capacity is around 1 litre.

English porcelain teapots are often integrated into a complete tea set, including sugar bowls, milk jugs, saucers and spoons, because the British take their tea very seriously, as we know, at five o’clock in the afternoon.

However, it is also possible to buy them independently. English porcelain teapots can be found on Amazon in a wide variety of styles and sizes, as you can see in the following gallery:

Chinese porcelain teapots

And, with the exception of the English ones, the other big stars in the porcelain segment are the Chinese porcelain teapots. They are another style of teapot that is historically linked to the porcelain material.

While the English teapot is usually made of white porcelain with the appropriate decorations, Chinese porcelain teapots come in numerous colour combinations of all kinds, not always white. They are less vintage and less classic – if you want to call them that – than English teapots, and sometimes their decorations are more elegant and minimalist.

Antique porcelain teapots

Classic, retro-style porcelain teapots could be categorised as European style. In fact, there are still those who expressly look for “European porcelain teapots“, looking for a type of rustic piece with a very specific decorative purpose.

The British-style porcelain teapots we have seen, for example, would fall under this definition.

But, on the other hand, we also have the antique porcelain teapots proper: the old-fashioned ones. Enamelled, in pastel colours, with a top handle inserted at both ends of the piece, this is an antique teapot, which was usually made of metal or porcelain.

Can porcelain teapots be put on the fire?

No, under no circumstances. Porcelain is a material that can easily crack if exposed directly to high temperatures. It can even be dangerous if it explodes. And in any case, even if the fire is very mild and the porcelain is very resistant, it will end up darkening and losing its original tone. It is not advisable to put a porcelain teapot on the fire.

It is quite another thing to use a teapot warmer to keep the tea hot, but once it has been infused.

Advantages of porcelain teapots

  • They work great as decorative objects or to add personality to a room.
  • Better quality and more delicate than ceramic teapots.
  • Easy to clean (as long as you clean them often).
  • Wide variety of styles and shapes to choose from.

Disadvantages of porcelain teapots

  • The price is sometimes excessive for an infrequently used object.
  • They are delicate and fragile.

How to clean a porcelain teapot

A porcelain teapot, like a ceramic teapot, is very easy to clean; in fact, this is one of its great advantages. To clean a porcelain teapot, rinse and rinse it well after each use, and then dry it gently with a cotton cloth or any kind of non-abrasive cloth.

However, if we have not been careful and have not maintained our porcelain teapot properly, over time, it will develop yellowish stains or slight darkening (whether we use it with tea, coffee or any other infusion).

That is why it is important to underline “after every use”.

This is where you should apply a little more care and use more acidic elements such as white vinegar or baking soda. Just remember not to rub with abrasive scouring pads, as porcelain is delicate and can be scratched.