The teapot was first developed in China in the 16th Century, the Japanese, who also drank tea, preferred to use bowls. By the 18th Century the teapots made at Yixing, in China, were being made in shapes which had auspicious meanings, for example, peach shape for long life and good luck, pomegranate for many, healthy children. These early teapots, when imported to Europe, inspired potters to develop their flights of fancy. But Britain, being more keen on tea drinking than the rest of Europe, made the teapot their own specialty. The mid-eighteenth century saw many fine teapots being produced, but Josia Wedgewood and Thomas Whieldon, with their range of pineapple, cauliflower and cabbage teapots in 1759 showed that fine quality could also be mass-produced.