The beak of design

Originally designed in the late 1950s by Shinroku Tsuji of Shinroku-gama, a Kyo-yaki (Kyoto-style) pottery company, the peculiarly shaped earthenware Pelican Teapot started off as a curiosity to tea drinkers in Japan. Yet, despite breaking conventions in traditional teapot design, it gradually garnered itself a following and is still popular today.

Made for bancha (coarse-leaf green tea), its extra-wide perforated strainer prevents clogging, while the deep bill-like spout that gives it its Pelican name creates a clean dribble-free pour.