When the lids are finished it is time to fit first the spouts, then the handles. One day I must take some photos of fitting spouts. In brief it is a question of flattening the area where the spout is to be fitted, then the base of the spout is trimmed at a sloping angle, and the spout is offered up to the teapot body to test the fit. I usually score a little line around the place where spout meets the teapot body, then take the spout off again and put it in a safe place whilst I do the next operation on the teapot which is to bore a grid pattern of little holes through the body with a special tool. The small holes form a filter to the spout that helps stop tea leaves ending up in your cup of tea. Once the filter is finished I score both the teapot body and the base of the spout before joining them with a little slip or water to help them stick together.
Then a handle is selected from the rough handles that I pulled early in the day. I like to have extra handles on hand so that I can pick and choose. Handles for large teapots present an engineering problem. If they are positioned right at the back then the weight of the full pot is hard to hold onto, I like to bring mine up and as far forward as I can so that the hand has more control.
This simple loop style works quite well. I first attached a stub of clay to the teapot body, then attached the top end of the handle to it, this helped bring the handle up and further forward.
I like making teapots with handles that go right over the top of the pot, we often use one of these ourselves to make tea, but many people seem reluctant to try them, and ask for a handle at the back.
All the teapots have been bisque fired now, and will probably wait for my next wood firing for their glaze firing.