Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots
Clay Teapots

Making Teapots With Your Art Clay Kiln
By Alice Lane Platinum Quality Author - Ezinearticles

Would you like to make a personalized teapot which matches your existing dishware or kitchen decor? It's easy! But be forewarned that the first few teapots you throw are likely to look like dozing elephants with weary, slumping bodies and low-hanging spouts which dribble tea when the pot is filled. Here are some secrets of how to make a gorgeous teapot the first time out.

Clay Teapots

First, instead of trying to throw a perfectly round ball on Brent pottery wheels it is easier to throw two half-bowls and then unite them with slip. Take 1 1/2 pounds of clay for each half-bowl and throw them on the wheel leaving the rims a bit thicker than usual. This will help when putting the two halves together. Next throw a narrow spout the length you desire. Then throw an inset lid upside-down. This type of lid fits snugly inside the teapot and sticks down beneath the the rim of the teapot so that it doesn't slide off when tipping the teapot. After trimming the inset lid you can add a knob on top by placing a circular clay coil on top of the lid and forming it to shape by throwing it on top of the lid. Using the inset lid as your template, trim the opening of the top half-bowl of the teapot to fit the lid.

Clay Teapots

Before the clay bodies reach the leather-hard stage of dryness, trim a foot-ring into the bottom of one of the half-bowls which will serve as the stable bottom of the teapot. When they have reached the leather-hard stage, unite the two half-bowls by scoring the rims and brushing a large quantity of slip over the scored areas, then uniting the halves. Use a knife handle to apply pressure from the inside of the assembled pot, in order to make the joins strong and seamless. Attach the spout by cutting it off at an angle and locating the best place for it on the side of the teapot. The spout's top should reach above the highest level of liquid in the teapot. Use a pencil or needle to trace around the base of the spout, and drill holes in the traced area to serve as strainer holes. Score the cut edges of the spout and the inner traced outline, and place slip on the two areas which will be joined; then press them together. Make a handle either by rolling clay out by hand, or by cutting a strip from a slab rolled out with a rolling pin. Score the ends of the handle and the two places across from the spout where the handle will be attached, and join by pressing firmly.

Clay Teapots

When the teapot has dried so that it no longer feels cold when touched, fire it in an art clay kiln to cone 06 (about 1830 degrees F). Glaze the teapot with a food-safe glaze. Allow it to dry completely, and then fire it once again to cone 06. Be sure to fire the teapot and lid separately so that they don't fuse when fired. Voila!

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots

Clay Teapots
Clay Teapots

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