For me making teapots has mostly been a 2 day process, with teapot bodies, lids and spouts being made on day one, and everything assembled on day two after they have had a chance to firm up a bit overnight. The real trick with this is estimating how many teapots to make on day one, as assembling them on day two always seemed to take longer than I thought, and sometimes I would have a very long time in the studio if I had made too many on day one!
Health issues started to have an impact on this pattern of working as I often would "run out of steam" after the first day making parts for teapots and not really have enough energy the next day for assembling things, so quite a lot of lidded jars would be completed rather than finished teapots!
Happily, I have had a bit of a breakthrough with the process, and have found that I can make parts for a teapot and then complete it all in one session by making use of an electric hot air gun. I can make one or two large teapots in my working day this way, and get them finished.
|This holds 6 generous cups of tea.|
|The handle at the front, and the high rear handle make holding this large pot very comfortable.|
|6 cups of tea, and easy to hold and to pour.|
|And if you are really thirsty, this will provide 8 cups of tea!|
All three teapots shown above use the same two glazes, my chrome-tin red that has been modified by adding some cobalt oxide, and a layer over that of a green glaze. Glaze application was by pouring and by brushing.
I hope to glaze fire a few more teapots this coming week.