Rod Haaland Creations — Art and Science in Harmony

Whoever said science and art don’t go together never met Rod Haaland. He began working in clay 30 years ago and five years after that had a job as a ceramic engineer, the science of clay being such a strong allurement. You can see in every pot that his artistic vision combines with a thorough understanding of the science of clay, from types of clay to use to how to achieve the perfect shape to glazes and decorative finishes.

Each Rod Haaland teapot is an exclusive and unique creation that deserves to be a part of your personal collection. They are made from stoneware clay high-fired to temperatures well over 1200° Centigrade. He uses alkali glazes uniquely formulated from a local dolomite clay from Gray, Tennessee, found in the Gray Fossil Site.

Dolomite is a mineral also known as Calcium Magnesium Carbonate and usually occurs in rock form. Deposits are found all over the world and are common in sedimentary rock sequences. It is supposed to have been formed due to a chemical action on limestone of sea-water containing a high percentage of magnesia. Dolomite is sometimes used both in the raw and calcined form as refractory material for hearth maintenance and for the banking door in open hearth furnaces. Small wonder Haaland thought of it for his teapots.

As for functionality, the designs incorporate a number of very practical features, executed in a most artful manner. Teapots must:

  1. hold water — these are water tight and hold 250, 350, and 500 milliliters (8.4, 11.83, and 17 ounces respectively)
  2. have a nice flat bottom to sit steady — these teapots sit flat and are also signed on the bottom by Haaland
  3. withstand the heat of that water inside them — while these teapots should not be placed on a hot stove or open flame, you can pour water heated to a rolling boil inside them with no fear of cracking
  4. have a lid to steep better (keeps most of the steam in) — the lids on these teapots are not only set down slightly into the teapot rim, but they have extra large handles for easy lifting without scorching your fingers
  5. have a handle for lifting and pouring — the handles on these teapots are generous in their proportions, letting you lift the teapot securely and again without scorching your fingers
  6. be able to pour with a minimum of dribbling (and preferably no dribbling) — despite the stubby appearance of the spouts, Haaland assures that they don’t dribble
  7. be lead free and dishwasher safe — check and check, Haaland has both of these covered

Put these all together, and you have a great tea steeper. Place your tea leaves in a diffuser and put that diffuser in the teapot (#1 and #4 have strainer holes inside so you can put your larger leaf pieces into them directly). Then pour boiling water into the teapot and steep for the desired amount of time.

Teapot # 1

This is a small teapot for two. It holds 250 ml (enough to share or have two cups yourself). There is a clay strainer wall that should restrict large tea leaves but not crushed tea or fragments.

Teapot #2

This is a small teapot for two. It holds 350 ml — enough to share two to four cups. This teapot does not have a built-in strainer so the use of a mesh strainer is a good idea.

Teapot #3

This is a small teapot for two. It holds 350 ml — enough to share two to four cups. This teapot does not have a built-in strainer so the use of a mesh strainer is a good idea.

Teapot #4

This is a medium teapot that would be good for three or four people. It holds 500 ml, enough to share several cups. There is a clay strainer wall that should restrict large tea leaves but not crushed tea or fragments.

Get your teapot now while they last and enjoy a truly artful tea steeping. No matter which you choose, your tea time will never be the same!

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

Purveyors of Premium Teas
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