Dimensions: 10"h x 8" w
This teapot is a
combination of thrown and hand-built construction and is made from
The body of the teapot is thrown on a potter's wheel.
It is textured and left to set up in preparation for adding the spout and
The opening in the pot is
measured so that a lid can be made to fit. The lid is thrown on the
wheel as well. A small coil of clay is attached to the top of the
lid to form the knob.
The handle is pulled
beginning with a large, fairly stiff coil. Using water to lubricate the
coil and my hand, the coil is pulled - coaxed longer and longer. It is
then draped over a round form to begin setting it's curve.
The spout is cut from a
thin clay slab and wrapped into a funnel shape. It is then set on
the pot to determine it's exact location, which is marked on the pot.
A strainer is then made on the pot by drilling small holes where the
spout is to be located. The spout is then attached to the pot.
When the handle has set up
sufficiently, and the curve is set, it is attached in two places on the
pot above the spout and directly opposite the spout. The lid is then
The pot is left to dry
completely and then it is bisque fired. This firing leaves the piece
durable enough to handle and porous enough to accept a glaze.
Orange shino glaze was
applied by pouring it into the pot and then pouring it out. Then the
pot was dipped into the same glaze to cover the outside.
The piece is then fired to
2400 degrees F in a propane-fired kiln. The firing removes oxygen
from the minerals in the clay and glaze, resulting in the rich colors that
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