A teapot is many things.
Interruption – at first it was a struggle. I was trying to stick to my usual ways of design thinking where I was comfortable, where I had an end product in mind. This time I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone and think outside the box, embracing the journey and the possibilities along the way.
In order to see the teapot in a new light, I realised that I must move past the conventional boundaries of the artifact and allow it to evolve. Everyone has their own interpretation of the teapot, their own ideas of what it should look like and how it should be used.
There are over 50 different ways in which to say…
teapot, teepot, ibrik çaji, ياشلا قيربٕا, թեյաման, çaynik, чайнік, чайник, 茶壶, 茶壺, čajnik, čajník, tepotte, theepot, teekann, tsarera, teekannu, théière, teekanne, τσαγιέρα, teyèr, םוקמוק, चायदानी, teáskanna, teketill, teko, taephota, teiera, ティーポッ ト, 찻주전자, teapot, tējkanna, arbatinukas, Чајникот, tekanne, ,czajniczek, ceainic, чайник, чајник, tetera, buli ,یاچ یروق tekanna, กานา้ ชําา, demlik, ấm trà, tebot, קינַיישט.
Different cultures have their own ideas around the teapot – for some the drinking of tea is a ritual which has been handed down through generations, for others it’s a social event that brings people together to talk or to give comfort. For me, I only drink tea because I hate coffee!
Without having a definite final product in mind, I was left without boundaries and I just let it happen.
These images show part of my journey through the struggle and joy in the exploration of new and different ways of design thinking and the generation of ideas.