The designer Molly Hatch was inspired by the look of the historic teacups of 18th century European factories. She wanted it to reflect the traditional but also functional aspects of the contemporary lifestyle. She sees the blank pot as a blank piece of paper, a three-dimensional tableware surface providing an exciting and engaging canvas for drawing and painting. She chose to decorate the backs of plates and bases of cups to explore as many surfaces as possible. She loved the idea of seeing the base decoration peek out on last sip of tea. Traditional with a twist!