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I Predict A Teapot

OpenGL program

This is the project I’ve been doing for one of my modules. It’s due in on Wednesday and the practical part (i.e. the computer program) is all-but finished. It’s not very good but it works.

The aim of the project was to create a virtual environment using OpenGL and C++. Because OpenGL has a built-in routine for creating teapots (a fact that must surely mean it was developed by Brits) I decided to create a teapot museum with various differently-sized and coloured teapots. This is what I ended up with.

I now just have to write a report to go with it.


  1. It’s ever so lovely… but you mustn’t forget to write a guidebook to the museum! Visitors like a souvenir they can take back home with them so they can remember their visit. 🙂

  2. In the Hallowe’en episode of The Simpsons when Homer goes to the 3D place you can see one of those teapots in the background of one shot. The teapot has been around in the graphics community for some time and actually predates OpenGL. There’s a fairly entertaining history of it at

  3. That teapot seems to get everywhere, I remember it being one of the default meshes in 3D Studio years ago. I was beginning to think that the teapot is the basic underlying shape to all things that make up our universe.
    SGI, who started OpenGL filed for bankruptcy this week, so that’s slighty freaky timing.

  4. I’ve added your Virtual Teapot Museum to my teapot blog, hope you don’t mind.
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  5. There’s a teapot museum just by London Bridge station, run by Bramah, one of the earliest tea companies.