Sunday, September 8, 2019

Teapots


Last month I made some very large teapots, and last week I managed to glaze fire three of them. Two will easily make 6 cups of tea, or 4 good sized mugs, and the largest one (two liters capacity) will do 8 cups of tea, or 6 mugs. Such large volumes of tea call for good strong handles, and it helps to have a small handle at the front of the pot, as well as one at the back.

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.