I'm calling this a stay at home teapot because it has several problems. This is the second lid I have made for it. I dropped the original while I was unloading the glaze kiln. The lid looks fine but it doesn't work the way I like my lids to fit. A larger problem is the spout. The opening needs more work. The sides need to be higher so it pours in a stream. Right now the first cup goes everywhere over the edges. Tea is not supposed a bathing experience!
There was a wonderful post in Ceramic Arts Daily on how to handbuild a teapot in thirty minutes. It's built over a form with everything but the bottom done while it's still on the form. I took a bit longer because I am an OCD freak! It's a fun thing to handbuild that even beginners can enjoy making.
CAD: 30 Minute Teapot!
I made another one of my bread experiments. With this one I used 3/4 Cup Rye Flour and 3/4 Cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat, a pinch of sugar and 1/4 Tsp. Yeast. I let the whole thing ferment over a day and gradually added flour a cup or two at a time with hours of rest between each addition. When it held together, but was still very wet I turned it onto the counter and folded and kneaded using my bench scraper. I did this a couple of times. I baked it at 400F. in a preheated oven and covered cast iron pan. Usually I watch it, take the lid off, turn the oven temp down a bit. This time something came up and I forgot about it for a bit over an hour. It came out perfectly with a moist crumb. The only problem is that I can't stay away from it! YUM!
We're having more typical, gray New England weather. It's not too cold out, with no wind so I may go out in a bit and do a little yard pick up! That never stops!
Happy Hannuka to all those who celebrate. A Festival of Light is much needed at this time of year!
As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*