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Do you make teapots?
Are you making a lots of them or only one?
The following teapot hints will help, doesn't matter how many you make.



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Glaze type: majolica Teapot size: 9 inches high Hand-painted brushed on-glaze ceramic stains

MOISTURE

Just about anyone making teapots has had trouble with spouts and handles not having the same moisture content as the rest of the piece. When pots are firm enough, place the spout and handle inside the pot and wrap in plastic until the moisture content has equalized. Overnight will usually do the trick depending on the temperature and humidity or until you are ready to put the pot together.
If you are storing pots for a long period of time, make sure you use a thick plastic or double wrap them.
Spraying water on the inside of the plastic layer with a spray bottle really helps to preserve moisture in the summer months, without any danger of the pottery soaking it up and melting into a big glob.

ATTACHING

Use a slip trailer for slipping joints and make sure that you score both of the edges when putting the parts together such as, spouts, knobs and handles.
If slip trailers from commercial ceramics suppliers or shops are too expensive, an empty plastic ketchup bottle works pretty good.

STRAINER

When making holes for a strainer, try using a drill.
This is much faster and the holes are all the same size than doing it by hand.
A cordless drill is handy, as you don't have to worry about the electrical cord or plugging it in.
I use a Q-tip dampened with water to smooth all the holes that have been made for the strainer.
I also smooth the strainer holes on the inside of the teapot.

LID

When glazing, wax the rim and inside lip of the lid with hot wax using some 100 mesh calcined alumina in it.
This will stop the lid and pot from sticking together, provided of course that you fire them together and makes for an easy release of the lid after firing.
This is the best way to fire the two pieces, making sure the lid will fit.
If fired separately there is a chance that the lid will dry differently and not fit.

RELEASE LID

If you have fired the pot and lid together as stated above and find that they have stuck together after all and you can't get them apart by tapping, you can try the following trick.
Fill the pot through the spout about half full of water and place in a freezer until the water has frozen.
Remove the pot from the freezer and wait until part of the ice has thawed and the block has released itself from the pot.
You could hurry things along by placing the pot in warm water to speed this up, but be very careful not to use very hot water, because it will crack your teapot.
The released block of ice can now be used to knock the lid off from the inside.

GLAZE BLOCKING

If you have trouble with glaze blocking up your strainer holes you can cut up a piece of sponge and stick it into the spout until it is butted up against the strainer.
This will prevent glaze from flowing through the holes.
You can also pour the glaze out through the spout, which also prevents the strainer holes from blocking.
When I glaze teapots, I use a old mascara brush and scrub in all the strainer holes before the glaze dries.

GOOD JOB!

When your teapot is done to your liking, give it a good washing, invite a friend over, make some cookies, sit back and enjoy a spot of tea!!!

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