Sometimes a teapot is just a teapot


Designed by Kathleen Walsh, from Walteria Living: a Rorschach blot teapot!

Actually, it’s not a Rorschach. According to the website, the teapot (and matching plates) are based on a much earlier pastime: a Victorian parlor game called Blotto, in which players blotted ink and invented interpretations of the results. No word on whether the mentally imbalanced (or the, ahem, blotto) had an unfair advantage in this game, but apparently Dr. Rorschach, a Blotto fan, was inspired by the game to create his eponymous test:

Rorschach became intrigued by the idea of comparing the Blotto responses of his patients to the responses of Gehring’s students. In 1911, Gehring and Rorschach began experimenting with different inkblots. Also in that year, Eugen Bleuler, who had directed Rorschach’s thesis on hallucinations, published his book on dementia praecox that introduced the alternative label, “schizophrenia.” Rorschach discovered that a repetitive character to the perceptions of certain inkblots existed among those who had the diagnosis of schizophrenia. (Masters of the Mind by Theodore Millon)

The text on the teapot reads “2 altruistic butterflies fly 2 wounded field mice to safety; compassion among species.” That’s kind of sweet.

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3 Responses to Sometimes a teapot is just a teapot

  1. zeladoniac says:

    I see a pair of fantail goldfish being ridden by chickens which are in turn being ridden by tiny monkeys. Isn’t that obvious?

  2. mdvlist says:

    I love it! Personally, I mistook the altruistic butterflies for birds, and the wounded mice for lobsters, but the teapot is charming in any case.

  3. Wunx~ says:

    No, no, it’s two angels with big wings, bouffant hair and filmy dresses holding hands. Even an agnostic like me can see this clear image. (Just don’t ask me where their legs went.)

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