I had to do some research about this teapot, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Does the pottery studio still exist? What does it mean that I found a teapot from Hamilton at the Goodwill a mile from my house?
Turns out it’s a common enough vintage find; there are several of them on Etsy, they come up often at antique sales, etc. Not very common at a thrift store, but not unheard of, either.
Apparently the pottery studio no longer exists, although most of the existing teapots are probably from the 60s and 70s.
But there are three really neat pieces of information I discovered. First of all, the random scraps of paint on the sides of our homely brown teapot aren’t leftover from a child’s art project, they were most likely part of the original design. Many of these teapots had flowers painted on them: http://www.ecrater.com/p/8956482/royal-canadian-art-pottery-teapot. In fact, that’s probably exactly what ours looked like.
Second, the company apparently made an electric version. An electric clay teapot. Think about that for a minute, and then look at this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/50487760/royal-canadian-art-pottery-electric
Finally, the price for these teapots ranges from $8.00 to $80.00. Depending on what qualities and characteristics, I’ve no idea, but fascinating. We paid $0.95 for ours.