Clay slabs cut to size with a template will be decorated with stamps, then conditioned and used to build cups and teapots. A hand built spout will be made on a mandrell, and handles will be pulled from cups and teapot. Technique for hand building a teapot spout without a mandrell will also be demonstrated. There will be a discussion of making your own pattern stamps from leather hard clay blocks.
You Will Learn:
Dimensions of circles and rectangles to be cut from a 3/16" thick fresh clay slab are listed below. A 20"" x 20"" slab of clay will be sufficient for a single teapot, and a 12"" x 20"" slab of clay of the same thickness will make 4 cups. Clay should be soft to allow for clear impressions from stamping tools. Please note that the clay for a hand built spout should be thinner; 1/8" approximately.
Potters will need a ruler, right triangle, serrated rib, small sponge, a small container of water, and newspaper on which to work. Any stamps or texture mats participants have may can be used to create texture on their component pieces. I also use a small brayer extensively - the kind that has a roller about 1.5"" wide that is available where wallpaper supplies are sold. Wood is preferable to plastic if you can find one! Available on Amazon as *Amazon Basics Wallpaper Seam Roller.*
A small turntable is helpful for assembly, and very useful for hand building the teapot lid. Sheet plastic for covering work in progress is necessary. Dimensions for components: 1) teapot body - 13.75" x 5.5""; 2) lid - 5" circle; 3) bottom and shoulder - 4" circles - cut 2; 4) spout - 8" x 4"" x 1/8"; 5) Other pieces - 12" x 4" slab; 6) Mug 9.50" x 4"; 7) Mug bottom - 4" circle. Please also have a pattern for a 3" diameter circle.
The Zoom Demonstration will be recorded and sent out to all registrants if you want to attend but have a scheduling conflict during the live demonstration.
Since this is an online workshop, you will need to have a computer, tablet, or phone that can run video conferencing in a browser or app.
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