Should you be looking for a good challenge, learn how to make a vessel in the manner by which another potter does. Same tools, same techniques, same weight of clay. Try teapots. Joseph had been making some teapots last week and I was watching him, seeing how he attached his spouts, made the lids, etc. By the end of the week I decided to make a few of my own, and as I went to make the teapot, Joseph said to make it in the same shape as his. This bellied-out base is somewhat harder to achieve than it may look. It certainly fooled me! I went through about 15 teapots before I really started getting the hang of it and stopped making the walls too thin!
|Spouts thrown off the hump|
Joseph also has a different way of making spouts than what I was used to, so that was a bit of a late-evening nightmare trying to get the hang of it. Nothing really major to describe, just the shape, thinness, and throwing off of the hump was a lot to control!
So I got the shape down pretty well (FINALLY), made the lids and let everything dry out a bit before assembling and putting handles on them.
|Teapot bodies with spouts|
Here are my decorations in detail:
|I attempted to layer the slips in order to see what the colors would do over one another|
|I even put a little swirl-action on the top of the knob!|