Ceramics can be defined as heat-resistant, nonmetallic, inorganic solids that are (generally) made up of compounds formed from metallic and nonmetallic elements. Traditional ceramics are in use in dishes, crockery, flowerpots, and roof and wall tiles.
The art of making clay pottery is as old as human civilization. This age-old tradition of making clay pottery still exists in our societies. It still possesses strong socio-cultural values in our livelihood. Despite of all influences of modernization and development, the potters of Kathmandu Valley still find their livelihood on their potter’s wheels.
A teapot is a vessel used for steeping tea leaves or a herbal mix in boiling or near-boiling water, and for serving the resulting infusion which is called tea. In other words a tea kettle, or simply a kettle, is a utilitarian vessel used to heat water for a wide variety of purposes—making coffee, tea, soup, gelatin, etc. On the other hand, a teapot has only one purpose, to brew tea. Besides its handle, spout, and lid, the teapot can also have other distinguishing characteristics.
For many of us a teapot means so much more than a mere vessel for brewing and pouring tea. The teapot is a symbol of friendship, of telling stories and confiding in each other.