Teapots, one of my favorite forms, are also one of the most difficult forms to design because the potter must bring together many pieces to create a unified form. Since I was a little kid I have been very interested in tea and the rituals of tea drinking in many different cultures, all over the world, and throughout history. What I believe first sparked this interest was that my mom used to have tea parties with my brothers and I when we were young as a way to teach us manners. These parties always had tea and cookies and we were encouraged to act very proper, but the parties always ended in laughter; it is a great memory I will have forever.