Pullin up to Monday like... lots of stuff going down this week. Exciting announcements, custom orders & tons of new stuff made for the first upcoming @eastsideflea this Friday / Saturday / Sunday. It’s cool if you admit you missed it over the holiday break.
That’s all my throwing finished, I ended the day with six teapots, lids and spouts that I’ll assemble tomorrow, alongside six large one off vessels, that’s if I can still get to the pottery. Half a foot of snow fell as I was making these and as I write this the same evening it continues to fall as temperatures plummet further. Another of the days tasks was trimming a boards worth of small sake cups and yunomi tea cups, these were for my own satisfaction more than anything and I’ll still unsure what I’ll do with them. Perhaps a handful of the larger sake cups could be matching gunomi for my teapots.
I haven’t made many teapots lately and these will be the first made with this specific shape and lid. Although it’s similar to that of my previous teapots the gallery is no longer sunken and the opening is wider for ease of use. The lid will appear more closely linked to the storage jars I make too once trimmed with a concave hollow into the tops of them and a hole pierced centrally, allowing air to flow with the liquid as it pours, hopefully preventing them from glugging. They will resemble my bud vase form too, only with a significantly smaller opening.
Pulled handles are something I’m still unsure of on these. I don’t want to pull any that go over the teapot, rather if I were to try some they’d spring from the side, upward slightly before curling back down—a more traditional approach. I’m certainly going to attach clay lugs either side of the lid to which a wicker or wooden handle can later be attached although it definitely wont be bamboo, (I can’t stand them). Now it’s a race to get everything dried out and bisque fired before the glazing marathon commences. There are a few other tasks to do too, such as making a few hundred place setters to fire some of then pots on.