Sandra Talarico (home) on sun 28 dec 03
A question to those who construct teapots. I got
the 500 Teapots book for Christmas. I've been enjoying
paging through it.
One of the artists wrote that he/she puts a coil just under
the bottom edge of the teapot spout to prevent dripping.
I'm curious about that. Has anyone out there done this with
success? Can you describe for me how you do this? That is
the coil thickness and length relative to the spout, whether or
not you smooth that coil into the spout, etc.
Tony Ferguson on sun 28 dec 03
It is a little coil (chopstick size or smaller) to extend the lip a
bit--half moon shape. If, when you throw your spout, you have a constant
arc'ing line that flows from the base of your spout (we are talking inside)
to the edge of your spout (likes its falling off--think water fall) your
spout will not drip or very little that it is not noticeable. You can also
take your little pinky and rub it from side to side to aid in this
continuous line shape that allows the tea to flow freely, uninterrupted.
This is one way.
The other way this artist may have added the coil was to add it and create a
"breaker" barrier--think waves on the ocean coming in. When the tea comes
out of the spout, it falls off the main lip to be caught in a miniature
gully and split to the right and left directions. Think double chin.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Sandra Talarico (home)"
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:05 AM
Subject: teapot spout - coil under bottom edge
> A question to those who construct teapots. I got
> the 500 Teapots book for Christmas. I've been enjoying
> paging through it.
> One of the artists wrote that he/she puts a coil just under
> the bottom edge of the teapot spout to prevent dripping.
> I'm curious about that. Has anyone out there done this with
> success? Can you describe for me how you do this? That is
> the coil thickness and length relative to the spout, whether or
> not you smooth that coil into the spout, etc.
> Thanks much,
> Sandra Talarico
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iandol on mon 29 dec 03
Dear Sandra Talarico,
Not having bought that book I have not seen the illustration. But you =
have the chance to study it in detail and assess the extent of this =
artefact for your self.
My own opinion is that all spouts and pouring lips should be drawn or =
cut to a knife edge. It is the only solution which I have found to give =
consistent results. I attempted to make pots with the perforated lip but =
gravity ruled the day, as it always does. I have used the capillary =
channel and gravity ruled the day.=20
To ensure there is neither drip nor dribble is necessary to arrest the =
flow of the fluid and the bed of the stream should be an uninterrupted =
Ivor Lewis. Redhill, South Australia=20