On Saturday evening I made all the parts for two more teapots.
Here I am making a teapot lid on my kick wheel.
The next day I pulled out some clay to make handles, and put them on their sides to dry a little (they look like headless snakes!).
I usually make a couple of spare lids, and pick the best one for the pot. The spout is thrown on the wheel as an open ended cylinder which I taper down towards the narrow end as I pull it up.
When I am ready to assemble the pot, I cut the spout at an angle with a length of thin wire.
I then test fit it to the teapot.
Once I am sure it looks a good match for the pot, I lightly score a line around the spout where it will join onto the pot.
Then I remove the spout,
and make the strainer holes in the teapot body. I am using an umbrella spoke here to make the hole and to remove the little plug of waste clay.
Once all the holes are made, I replace the spout after first scoring the pot and spout in the area where the join will be made, and smearing the area with a thin slurry of clay water.
After that I add the handle, sponge off any blobs, scratches and bumps, and stand back to admire my handiwork!
I actually managed to make a rare appearance at church this weekend. A most enjoyable and thought provoking service.
The church is Presbyterian, but I think that, if you surveyed the congregation, you would find that many come from other backgrounds entirely, such as Anglican, Methodist, Apostolic, and so on.
The church is the Presbyterian church at Karitane, which is a village by the sea about 5 minutes down the road from us. Waikouaiti and Karitane are in the same parish.
I have been speeding up the drying of my teapots by putting them on wire racks on top of a bookcase, in the room that has our wood stove.
Today I have been sorting through some bisqued pots and getting them ready to glaze for a firing in my wood fired kiln. This is about a quarter of the work, there are also large bowls of 15 to 17 inches diameter, some cups and other small things, and a dozen teapots. Not sure quite how much I will be able to fit in the kiln, but it is best too much than too little.