I regularly stop by a couple of blogs that participate in a rather cool meme: Cover Characteristic.
Each week, the participants choose five covers that show a cover element posted on the hosting blog, Sugar & Snark, post them on their own blog and add their link to the links on the hosting site.
I have enjoyed looking at what the participants have come up with, but this week's characteristic proved irresistible and I decided to finally participate. The characteristic is teapots, a subject close to my heart, as I used to collect novelty teapots and am still a great tea lover.
When you mention teapots on book covers, three things come to mind: cozy mysteries, cosy romances and books about tea/teapots. I, however, decided to get creative.
The covers below were not chosen for their aesthetics, but rather for the imaginative use of teapots. My search brought up some interesting book cover art, and two of the books ended up on my "Maybe I should read this" Pinterest board.
The first cover at first look seems to be rather unimaginative, until you realise that The Ugly Teapot in Fred Holmes's book is actually an Aladdin's lamp:
Next comes Mr. Teapot head and How He Found Love by Paul & Lydia Leith. This is a surrealistic children's book. I like the whimsicality of the art:
I actually think the cover of The Teapot Dome Scandal by Laton McCartney is rather ugly, but you can't fault it for imagination:
Then there is The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, which shows a lovely but impractical teapot on the front:
Finally, here is Robert Rankin's Snuff Fiction. Just feast you eyes on this - have you ever seen a punk/goth teapot before? Me neither.
I couldn't resist adding a little bonus - after all, what tea-loving reader wouldn't want to own a book teapot?