An important aspect of all Richard Swanson's sculptural work, teapots included, is the way forms relate and flow together. He constantly combines and simplifies to enhance movement, rhythm and unity. His teapots are informed by historical examples such as Inuit carvings, Pre-Columbian ceramics, and African sculpture. To some extent, Japanese netsuke carvings and Yixing teapots have also left an impact. He makes teapots in editions - each is a numbered edition of twenty-two or less. No glazes are used.