From the history of ancient time to the modern life, people in ancient time already discovered how to use the fire and soil to make the food containers which were passed down to the modern living appliances. The modern living appliances not only for the easy usage but also symbolize the living aesthetics and connotations of culture. It already escaped from the functional feature in life. It was clearly known the importance of the tea drinking culture in the Chinese history. Tea leaves were used as remedy in the early time. Once people familiar with the characteristic of tea, tea drinking had been popular and established a firm foundation for the tea drinking culture. Until now, each household still has the custom of keeping ready a tea set so one can enjoy the tea at any time. One can discover the importance of tea drinking in life. The tea drinking process included enjoying the atmosphere, aroma, and sophisticated look of the tea drinking appliances. There were variety of tea drinking appliances such as teapot, teacup, chahai (porcelain serving vessel), and tea tray. The tea brewed in the teapot with wonderful aroma spreading around. Later, poured the tea into teacup and drank it from the teacup. The teacup has most intimated relationship with human from visual prospective; looking at it; touch; holding to it; taste; drink it; and the aroma spread inside the mouth. The shaping of teacup in each step will give the user different affections. The main purposes of this study were to investigate the transmitting and connotations in the shaping of the teacup. Therefore the key transmitting of the teacup were influenced by the designers and users. How was the ideas formed the shaping of the teacup and what will be the require factors? What will be the underlying connotation? Therefore, the purposes of this study investigated the current situation on the teacups in the market and comprehend the connotation of the design in shaping through the transmitting affections as follow: (1) Survey the current tea drinking custom and demand on the teacups; (2) Study the influences on the condition of tea drinking, selection of teacups, and the design; and (3) The transmitting feature and connotation from the shaping of the teacup.
To study the basic theoretical structure on the shaping of the teacup based on the current tea drinking custom and demand of using teacups. This study used questionnaire to investigate the aspects for the importance of the tea drinking in life, importance of material quality, functional features, built-in functions, shaping, and demands. During the research process, it discovered the major influence on the tea drinking, selection, and design was the condition. The condition will influence the tea drinking, the selection of teacup will influence by the environment, subjects, and mood, while shaping design were influenced by the theme of the condition, environment, and subjects; which showed the importance of the condition. This study surveyed the current teacups in the market and discovered the creative teacup design involved variety affections; the Chinese style teacup defined as the creative teacup. Through in-depth interview with the teacup designers defined in this study investigated the underlying connotation of creative shaping by analyzing the thinking factors and the transmitting messages from the designers. Next, by using the teacup sample provided by the designer for cross analysis the teachers and students from related fields based on the user’s perspective for the affections transmitted through the shape of teacup. The results for the transmitting features and connotations showed that there were affected between the condition and the teacup’s culture, uniqueness, usage, visual effect, and functions. For the transmitting message from the designers, majority can be received by the users with additional messages.