Elca Branman on thu 18 jan 01
The section on teapots in your letter (Richard Aerni)grabbed me.
I've been making teapots recently and the first ones started out as a
result of a post in Clayart wherein the method of throwing a narrow
topped form and turning it on its side was mentioned.( I think it was
What fun, i thought. Despite the fact that I have no regular outlet for
my work, I have been making funny teapots since, more than necessary and
after the first few, dealt with the functionality more.They all work,
but I hate selling teapots because when I used to sell teapots, fairly
often the customer would pour boiling water into a cold pot and crack the
bottom. When they brought it back I would replace it, of course(good
customer relations..grrr) Anyhow, I figured then ,that because they took
a fair amount of proper fitting of parts time and along with the
occasional free replacement, they were time/energy/money inefficient and
I discontinued them.
Now, making them for designing play is a joy. I have a shelf with 18
different ones lined up on my non pottery studio wall, and to my
amazement did a few more this week.
They may be the equivalent, for a potter, of the self- portrait for a
painter, because it is an inexhaustible subject.
When bored, or in doubt, make a teapot.
....and I make tea pots specifically to brew tea in. I.e I
> used it,
... And another by someone everyone here knows of,
> that is
> incredibly beautiful, earthy, rugged of clay and glaze, but which
> leaks like
> a sieve due to coarse texture of the clay and the inconsistant glaze
> covering it. I love these tea pots, they might even be good enough
> to be
> juried into shows and win awards, but they don't make tea worth
> squat. So,
> mostly I just make tea pots to make tea with, and don't enter them
> shows or juried competitions. People just buy them, and by so
> doing, let me
> keep making more pots year by year.
Elca Branman.. in Sarasota,Florida,USA
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