clennell on sat 30 mar 02
My definition of a teapot to the students was anything with a lid, a handle
and a spout. A ewer is a t-pot, a coffeepot is a t-pot, a wine decanter is a
t-pot. I'm giving them license to make a variety of forms but they must have
those 3 elements- spout, lid, handle.
At home I watched Sheila for the past 2 days make 7 ewers. she has been
investigating the spout . Take the same spout and she cut it once at a 45
degree angle and rotates it 180 degrees and reattaches it and places on pot,
takes another similiar spout and has cut it twice at 45 and rotated and
attached once again at 180.
the best ones yet were when she took the spout and put the pointed end into
the body and the wider end will be the pouring edge. We think they will
pour like jugs and not teapots. Jugs pour rather nicely so whats the dif.
the point is that she took her time and enjoyed the making. So as not to
waste a bunch of spouts she cut out some paper ones and cut 45 degree angles
and reassembled them to find something that was interesting then did it with
the clay. Thats why we do what we do. We enjoy it.
We make up for these days of design research with days of familiar forms
that fill the kiln a little more quickly.
Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
CANADA L0R 1B1