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Tea has been around for thousands of years, but did you know that the teapot as we know it today has only existed for about 500 years?

The history of the teapot as we know it today started in China in the 16th century, though its use wasn’t popularized until the Ming dynasty of the 1600s. These early Yixing teapots were made from clay, and the technique eventually developed into porcelain–or “china,” as it is often referred to.

Asia introduced both tea and teapots to Europe during the 17th century. Europe eventually developed its own pottery industry so that the teapots did not have to imported; the same thing would happen in America in the 1800s.

For more information about the history of the teapot, read this article here.

I hardly use a teapot, though I believe we have two in the cupboard. Usually I’m just making one cup for myself. Do you use one?