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The World’s Ugliest Teapot

July 20, 2015

I’m a restrained op shopper compared to the Vanessa Berry of the past. To ensure I am able to move around my home and don’t get trapped under piles of teatowels, vintage ceramics, crockery and weird books I have strict rules for op shop viewing and purchasing. Rather than completely deprive myself of my most favourite hobby (leading to dangerous binges) however, I make a once-weekly op shop stop on the way to work.

Recently, on one of these stops, I found the world’s ugliest teapot.

World's Ugliest Teapot

I spend my days advising students to be careful when making bold, general claims. However I believe this teapot is in fact the world’s ugliest, with its perplexing aesthetic combination of onions and haemorrhoids. Upon Googling “world’s ugliest teapot” a number of other candidates arose, but while the toilet teapot, the Adolf Hitler teapot and the obese rhinocerous teapot are all hideous, I believe there is something in the form of this teapot that works subconsciously upon the human mind to produce revulsion.

I bought the teapot, but not straight away. First I was so horrified I left it on the shelf. I then spent all morning thinking about it. What was wrong with me: I’d left the world’s ugliest teapot on the shelf! I consulted with Simon, who assured me it would be a “conversation piece”, and then skulked out at lunchtime, returned to the shop, and bought it.

“Isn’t this cute?” the woman at the counter said.

“I don’t know – is it?” I asked, bemused, as I handed over my $8.

Ugly Teapot Tea Party


As an interesting co-discovery I now have a new travel goal, to visit the Meitan Tea Museum in China which is housed in the world’s largest teapot, 73.8 metres tall and with a capacity of 28,360.23 cubic metres. We can only be thankful it is of a conventional shape and not modelled on my newest op shop acquisition.


Image from a discussion of ugly buildings on Skyscraper City. Someone wrote about it: “No way does it fall in the UGLY category. It is whimsical.”


4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2015 5:10 am

    I think the teapot building has a nice shape to it!

  2. July 21, 2015 3:12 pm

    I am quite prepared to believe that it is the world’s ugliest teapot!

  3. violetannie63 permalink
    August 9, 2015 2:45 pm

    It may well be that you have stumbled upon the absolute apex of ugliness-in-a-teapot. It’s so ugly, it’s almost beautiful. Almost. But not even slightly. I probably would have bought it too – a bit like rescuing a sad-looking teddy bear that’s looks like no one had ever loved it. Where do you plan on displaying this monstrocity?

    • Vanessa Berry permalink*
      August 9, 2015 7:38 pm

      It needs its own shelf! (But hasn’t got one yet, it’s currently on my kitchen table, as a monument to weird kitchen ceramics.)

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