Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teapot Tuesday

I made this one last winter when I was thinking of doing a different handbuilt teapot every week as a way of staying away from the winter doldrums!  Unfortunately family stuff intervened and I never got very far with the idea.

Ceramic Arts Daily did a post last year about making handbuilt teapots over a form in about an hour give or take some time.  I made this one over a bowl.  I did everything while it was still on the form.  The form gives the clay enough stability to be able to do everything.  By the time I had cut the lid opening and added the handle the clay was stiff enough to have the form taken out.  I placed it immediately on a clay slab.  I cut a circle a bit bigger than the base and attached it quickly using spooze.  I didn't worry about the tissue paper left inside as it peeled away when the pot dried.  I think I made a different lid from the one I cut out of the form. 

I've glazed it with my old faithful Spectrum #799 Majolica White on unfired clay.  The fish designs look odd as I cover them with a green tinted wax resist as soon as I am finished with a design.  Unfired stains smear easily so this solves that problem.  I think I'm going to add a little something more to the background.  I don't want them to look like they are floating in air.  Although, now that I think of it the fish in the pond look like they are swimming in air when the water is clear!  Hmmmm, now I have to think about it.

It's a cloudy, warm, muggy day with heavy rain on the way tonight and tomorrow.  Hopefully we will get several inches.  We are by no means suffering from water want, but rain in summer and fall prevents drought in the winter.

We are considering Woody's Garden behind the shed.  We have violets galore this year and I may get some end of season marigolds and petunias.  These appear to be the great favorites.  If we were starving I would not hesitate to kill and eat him, but we are not, so he can live on sufferance for now.

Lastly, I am so saddened to hear of Robin Williams death.  What pain he must have been suffering to have been driven to take his own life.  We knew him for all the joy he brought.....let that be his legacy.

Enjoy your day.  As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*


  1. I think the teapot is gorgeous.

    Your words about Robin Williams are beautiful.

    1. Hi Cheri...Thanks, I learned long ago no to judge a pot until it is out of the kin; then we'll see!
      When someone dies suddenly, it does no good to lay blame. We can only remember the joy that was given.

  2. Hi Suzi,

    Love the teapot - it is fun.
    Yes, very very sad about Robin and we do need to remember all the joy he bought.
    Enjoy the week

    1. Hi Carolyn....Thanks; teapots are fun to make too!

  3. Dearest Suzi,
    What a lovely teapot and I like your happy fish.
    We never will be able to live inside the mind of those that commit suicide but it mush indeed be awful! Comedians often are not happy in their personal life and tend to be rather depressed. We knew such a friend, a fine writer, speaker and he could entertain a crowd but when he went home he often felt maniac depressed. I talked to him on the phone, as he never would pick up. Telling him I knew he sat there listening to the answering machine... Get ready for us picking you up so you get a decent meal. He came to the door ready dressed and smiled. Wish we at times could do more for others when they need it most!
    Hugs to you,

    1. Hi Mariette....Thanks.
      I think you did what depressed people need most, you were there without being asked.

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    1. Hi Gary.....I probably spend too much time considering my options!


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