Liz Willoughby on sun 19 feb 06
Having the spout attached at the right level so that your table linen
does not get soaked is indeed necessary. It is said that to make a
teapot is the most difficult form to make. It all has to do with
problem solving. . . that is balancing the handle, spout, and lid
with knob, so that it is aesthetically pleasing to look at and to
use. My teapots always look unbalanced until I get that lid on, and
work on the knob. The knob is the last element of design that I work
on, and it can bring the teapot together, or pull it apart.
p.s. (decided not to visit relatives on the way to Portland)
> I do have a somewhat related teapot question, though. Is it
>just me, or is it as important as I feel it is to have the bottom of
>the teapot spout at least as high as the bottom of the teapot lid?
>I figure that keeps one from filling the teapot while water runs out
>the spout. Yes, I did work this out the hard way...when my first
>teapot spout was lower...and I was pouring water into it from the
>tea kettle...until I was gently informed I was, "...getting the
>table linen rather damp!" To me this is a question of function that
>creates a real constraint on design. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
> Good potting!
> Dave Finkelnburg
Liz from Grafton, Ontario, Canada
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Vince Pitelka on sun 19 feb 06
William Schran wrote:
> The bottom edge of the pouring end must be at least as high as the level
> water/tea that can be held in the teapot. This could be as far as the lid
> flange fits into the teapot body.
My take on this is that the bottom edge of the pouring end must be
considerably higher than the maximum reasonable level of water or tea that
can be held in the teapot. If the spout is on the same level, then water or
tea will slosh out as you transport the teapot. There has to be some "slosh
margin." I declare that an official teapot term. Always incorporate
appropriate slosh margin.
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William & Susan Schran User on sun 19 feb 06
On 2/19/06 4:33 PM, "Vince Pitelka" wrote:
> Bill -
> My take on this is that the bottom edge of the pouring end must be
> considerably higher than the maximum reasonable level of water or tea that
> can be held in the teapot. If the spout is on the same level, then water or
> tea will slosh out as you transport the teapot. There has to be some "slosh
> margin." I declare that an official teapot term. Always incorporate
> appropriate slosh margin.
> - Vince
Vince - You are correct. I should have read my response before I sent it.
Having the bottom pouring edge at or near the water/tea level would
certainly allow for immediate unintentional pouring as soon as the teapot
was moved. The bottom pouring edge, one of the few instances where a sharp
edge is desirable, functions best at a height that is high enough to prevent
the liquid of a full teapot from coming out until the teapot is tilted to
I, like you, knew this without ever being told. Just made common sense to me
way, way back when I began making teapots.
FYI - I am a coffee lover - never drink tea, but love making what I consider
the most complicated functional form having all of the elements working
-- William "Bill" Schran