A Simple Modern Teapot

I was in the market for a glass teapot. They’re kinda cool and let you see the tea that you’re about to drink as it steeps. Plus, they tend to have pretty modern designs, since according to the 1980’s, everything in the future will be made of glass.
Once I got to looking around, there was one that kept popping up. It’s made by a company called Bodum. What they offered seemed pretty interesting. Decent lines and a good shape to their pots (as well as other things that they make). The only catch is that everything appears to be made in China. Have you ever heard of the Chinese being known for their glassworking abilities? No, neither have I. Clay sure, but glass, no way.
All of this points to the fact that the low price you’re paying for this item is because it is sweatshop made and made poorly. A quick trip down to William-Sonoma readily proved this. The manufacturing quality was chintzy. I doubt it would last more than a few months at best and the glass quality was terrible (my father made high-end glass).
Given that this one was out, I had a hard time finding another one that I liked the look of and wasn’t made in 3rd world countries. It seems we have lost the secrets of glass manfacturing in this country, so that was gone as well. But what was not gone, was Europe.
I ended up finding at this company, a pot called Trendglas made by a company called Jenaer. This is a German company. I bought it and it’s great. A nice look and while I have no idea as to the actual conditions it was made in, in Germany, I know that it was not made in a Third World spot in Asia. There’s some comfort in that. I wish I could have bought from the US, but there were just no options. Such is the case, when you completely dismantle your craft base.