“I’m a Little Teapot” is an American song describing the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. The song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and published in 1939. By 1941, a Newsweek article referred to the song as “the next inane novelty song to sweep the country”. According to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I’m_a_Little_Teapot
As a child, many of us learned to sing this song with all of the silly hand motions in nursery school. And I will confess, having never forgotten the song over the years, that I have also taught this to my own children.
This little teapot makes me think of the song every time that I look at it sitting upon the shelf or when I pour a hot cup of tea from it. The teapot was given to me by my mother. It was an old memento of a trip many years ago to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her honeymoon with my father in January 1972. While on the trip, they visited an artisan pottery place that was popular to those who visited the area.
Much to my surprise, this little artisan pottery shop has quite the history, which you can read either on their website; http://www.drydenpottery.com/ or on the Encyclopedia of Arkansas website; http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=584
“Dryden Pottery was founded in Kansas by A. James Dryden, who relocated his business to Hot Springs (Garland County) in 1956. Dryden Pottery has become collectible and has been listed in Schroeder’s Antique Guide for many years.”
Dryden’s is still in existence and making their beautiful pottery today! Who knew?! I think that is an awesome testament to successful family businesses everywhere.
The little teapot that was gifted to me makes a wonderful pot of tea…and I don’t much care about the monetary value of the it or how much it is worth to antique collectors of vintage Dryden pottery. My little turquoise vintage Dryden teapot It’s priceless to me.