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teapot or chocolate pot and hole tip

updated sat 13 may 00


priddy on wed 10 may 00

here is a tip and a question:

I have been making teapots to go with yunomi.
This is a design that I am using to avoid all
the hoopla of attaching ten million things to
a pot to make one teapot that will still not
get used anyway. Bitterness aside, I really
like how the throwing rings go up continuously
into the spout when it is done this way.
And I use this teapot, small and compact,
for herbal and green tea, which I buy individually
bagged for everyday use.

The teapots are thrown in one piece with
the spout thrown as the throat and mouth of
the body, then turned on its side onto
three feet

a wicker or bamboo handle attached to lugs.

the lid is built up after being cut from the body

Here is the kicker, no spout holes.

I have figured out an interesting way to make the
holes for the inside that I would like to share:

you need a plaster bat, hole punch, paper clay, and
rice paper ( happen to have a lot of it around)

cut holes in the rice paper so you have a swiss cheese
piece of paper about the size of the spout holes area

brush paper clay onto the plaster bat

lay the paper on the paper clay
brush the top with the paper clay

now you have a sandwich of very thin but
strong paper between layers of paperclay.

when it has set up, lift it off the bat and you
have a leathery little strip of holey paper that
you can lay into the spout opening inside this or
any other teapot, a little slip, magic water, or
more paper clay and you are done, no little debris=21

It comes up clean leaving these little dots of
paper clay on the plaster, must be useful, but
I don't know what for, maybe polka pots (sorry)

This is easier than the many alternatives I have
explored, but the question is:

Could you just market these small pots for herbal
tea (which is largely bagged) and just dispense
with the spout holes all together without sacrificing
something essential to a good tea pot?


Would you call it a chocolate pot,
that is also good for bagged tea?

respectfully submitted,
elizabeth priddy

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Cindy Strnad on thu 11 may 00

Hi, Elizabeth.

What a clever, ingenious, cool idea! This also would eliminate the problem
of clogging up the holes with dripping glaze, since the clay layer would be
thin enough not to take on excess glaze.

Regarding your question as to whether the built-in strainer is essential, I
think it's pretty much vestigial in the modern USA. Don't know about
elsewhere. I keep putting them in just for tradition's sake and for the
challenge of it. But I'm sure they're quite unnecessary. Even if you
do use loose tea, it will need to be strained in a real strainer before it's
free of debris, and I'll bet 99 out of a hundred people will never use loose
tea in this country.

Cindy Strnad
Earthen Vessels Pottery
RR 1, Box 51
Custer, SD 57730

Dannon Rhudy on thu 11 may 00

>The teapots are thrown in one piece with
>the spout thrown as the throat and mouth of
>the body, ......>Here is the kicker, no spout holes...

Many teapots, handmade or commercial, have no
built-in strainer. It does not seem that it matters
much in these days of tea-bags.

.....the question is:
>Could you just market these small pots for herbal
>tea (which is largely bagged) ...... dispense
>with the spout holes ....or
>Would you call it a chocolate pot,

It probably makes little difference WHAT you call it,
as long as you call it something. People will buy what
has a use they can relate to. Put some on one side of
the gallery with a sign that says "small chocolate pots"
or such. On the other side, have tea pots. See what
sells most.


Dannon Rhudy

Veena Raghavan on fri 12 may 00

Message text written by Ceramic Arts Discussion List
>I have figured out an interesting way to make the
holes for the inside that I would like to share:

How terribly ingenious! Thanks for sharing this.
All the best.


Veena Raghavan