The teapot is, at first glance, a simple object: a hollow vessel with spout, handle, and lid created for steeping and pouring. And yet, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, describes the artists featured in the 2018 “teapots!12" exhibition as having “accepted the teapots! challenge.” So, what is the challenge of the teapot? Perhaps it is not only the challenge of translating an artist’s chosen media into innovative teapot-like forms, but also choosing between the various experiences and images that gather around this structurally simple, but symbolically-laden object. The teapot, after all, seems to simultaneously evoke childhood whimsy, domestic warmth, and sacred space. The more than 50 artists chosen to participate in this year’s twelfth annual teapots! invitational, like those before them, have created teapots that reflect their particular interests and chosen media, as well as their creative responses to the various images and experiences evoked by the teapot.