Teapots great and small at Morpeth

TO A T: Belinda Vaughan with some of the teapots to be displayed at the Morpeth Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition. - Picture by Peter Stoop
TO A T: Belinda Vaughan with some of the teapots to be displayed at the Morpeth Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition. - Picture by Peter Stoop

If you’ve ever sung and performed the actions to I’m a little teapot than you won’t want to miss Morpeth’s 17th annual Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition running every day until August 29.

The exhibition is a celebration of teapots and all things tea related, created by craftspeople from around Australia and overseas.

On display will be teapots of all shapes and sizes including those in the form of: animals, hamburgers, typewriters, houses and more. Owner of Campbell’s Store and Morpeth Gallery, Trevor Richards said the festival began 17 years ago when he was looking for a quirky way to promote Morpeth.

‘‘We wanted something that incorporated pottery, art, taste, sight and feel and this fitted the bill,’’ he said.

Students from Warners Bay High School will add their own hand built teapots to the exhibition.

Encouraged by Art teacher Lesley Armstrong-Stegh, 22 students have had their fantasy teapots placed along side 4,100 novelty teapots that make up the exhibition.

Running in conjunction with the teapot festival, is the 2010 Tea Cosy Challenge.

The designs include various animals, the Sydney Opera House, a pineapple, a tipi, a fruit bowl and other quirky designs.

The Morpeth teapot Exhibition is now open at Morpeth Gallery, part of Campbell’s Store Craft Centre from 10am to 5pm until August 29. Entry is free.