: I've seen the Utah Teapot many times and I've always wondered what its
: history is. Anybody know?
Quoting from "Three-Dimensional Computer Graphics" by Alan Watt:
In 1975 M. Newell (at the University of Utah) developed the
Utah teapot... He did this by sketching the profile of the
teapot to estimate suitable control points for bicubic
Bezier patches. The lid, rim and body of the teapot were then
treated as solids of revolution and the spout and the handle
were treated as ducted solids. This resulted, eventually,
in 32 patches, the data for which is reproduced (in
Appendix D of the book).
The original teapot is now in the Boston Computer Museum,
displayed along side its computer alter ego.
The teapot has since become ubiquitous (to say the least). When
I was at SIGGRAPH 92, it seemed as if one could define a new game --
"Spot the pot"!