Teapots are actually one of my favorite things to make and I have been making quite a few of them lately. I think I like making them so much because there are so many possibilities when it comes to form. I often plan out a particular shape in my head that I would like to create on the wheel, but the clay can have a mind of its own and I end up creating something totally different. I like to allow for spontaneity on the wheel. It keeps me flexible and on my toes. Plus, you never know what series of work could stem from something unexpected!
What I like about making teapots are the various steps. I like throwing the main form and then fitting a lid to match, a spout, and adding the handle. Once everything is the right hardness, the spout and handle are attached for a completed teapot. It’s a rewarding piece to complete. I added a simple second loop to the handle to give the teapot just a touch more detail. Since this teapot ended up being a gift, I wanted to make a complete set with teacups and saucers to match.
The teacups have a similar handle to correspond with the teapot handle. These teacups are not your traditional shape, but they are a typical 8 ounce size. I wanted the teacups to mirror the shape of the teapot as well.