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Develop and create your own Teapot style in Clay

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Let's Sketch!

    • 3. Throwing the Body of the Teapot

    • 4. Throwing the Spout

    • 5. Throwing the Lid

    • 6. Trimming

    • 7. Creating the Handle

    • 8. Adjusting Angle of Spout

    • 9. Attaching Spout

    • 10. Attaching Handle

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn How to Create a Teapot; The Easy, Fun Way!

Have you struggled throwing teapots on the wheel? In this class, I will guide you through the process of creating a teapot; from sketching to finished product.

Teapots can be fun to make! Hope you'll tune in!


Materials Needed:

Pottery wheel, Clay, Wire Cutter, Needle Tool, Caliper, Sponge, Slurry

Optional Materials:

Scale, Hole Cutter, Rib Tool

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1. Introduction: hi guys. Making teapots is a fun inciting way to work with Clay. Three a little bit about myself. So I've been making pottery for around 10 years. I graduated from Francis Marion University in 2012 in my state of for But anyway, I enjoyed teapots. I love the shape. I love the colors, and it's just something that I've always enjoyed making. Today he was sketching design through the body of the teapot and the style We will talk about handles as well. So if you've never thrown a teapot, or even if you have this class is for you. 2. Let's Sketch!: so one hoping about sketching You can sketch what? Everyone I love sketching. I think sketching this just gives you the right to sketch anything you want and just try to make it turn out the way that you like. I want you from sketching, too, the other side of it, which is making I like to start off with light sketches, just like trying to figure out what kind of shape I would like. Um, And that's one thing you do when you're just getting started to think about the shape what shape he was like, What What type of spell do you would? Oh, my gosh. There. So many different spot a deal. She guys, you can dio spots never pretty alone like this. Um, you do short spells. Sharp scouts are always so keeping the I loved in sort of short little spells. Um, you can have a really weird walkie crazy spout coming like an elephant's trunk. Um, the sky is really the limit. Just thinking about like what you would like to convey. And what do you want your teapot to be? What do you want to look like? Um what do you want for the teapot, too. Turn out to be, um, is really up to you. I think for me, I kind of want I have this thing with these light bulb is fat bottom. Teapots and cups. Really like how the bottom is kind of, like sticks out like this. I love love loves by short spells. Um, there's something about them that's just so cute. And I like the lives to be like this. Um, how go is in on the lid like the lady kind of stick out, Have a little bottom like this so that it's nice to be able to handle. Like, you can kind of pick it up. It's not hard to, like, Take on enough. Um, sometimes even let's have these little, um Has he settle like, a little handle our little breathe or a little thing at the top so you can pick it up? I don't think I want that today. I think I just was like a playing type of 10. Like a lid instead of having a little, a little I can't dig a little, um, latch. Hold on to I think I'm gonna settle this shape really like this. She also doing these Langley mugs this time I, like have been doing these funny little, like splatter paint on mugs. Um, so I usually start off with something like this and that I have these little leaves that come in, come off place this. I'm doing plant monks right now. And this will go very well with my plant looks 11. Probably Glee's them in different colors, and that's nothing to you can think about glazing. Um, are you, like, for the Glazers to be? If you have the pleases if you need to make the blazes, Um, that's why I love ceramics so that she can kind of make it out to whatever you want. Todo So I think that's where I'm gonna sit her on. I really like this feel of it. Really like this shape. I'm pretty confident with this. I'm pretty happy with this team. I'm trying to make this tea party today, see what happens. Um, so this is the planning stage. Basically, you're going to need, um Well, I'll tell you in the next video exactly what you would need for this skill share. Um, no problem. Be our baby in there. But anyway, guys, let's move on to the next video of waiting out the clay 3. Throwing the Body of the Teapot: Okay, let's go ahead and get started with throwing. Now the first thing you're going to do is to trying to make sure that the clays attached to the piece I like to add a little bit of water just to kind of give me a little bit of slip and think about, um the way that you create cups. How do you handle the clay? How do you try to bring it up? But this is a bit more clay than cups unless you're making like, £3 cuts. But anyway, I like toe pull up the clay with my fingers, kind of pressing a good bit of my force on the bottoms of my poems and impressing down as hard as I can. Um, this way it kind of like forces declared to get in center. Um, notice how a center I usually center in the one position, alternating between 12 and two. Um, it's just nice for me, is very comfortable. I've been doing it for a long time like this. I know some people who push up on their palms, which is coming cool. Also, I like to brace my apples to my, um knees while I'm throwing. Um, it's just a good way for me to get kind of, I guess, Grounded. So now what? We're what I'm doing is, um, putting a little bit of clay where the bats are A knows that the bat kept shaking back and forth is a good way to kind of, like, keep the bat centered. So just kind of centering the clay, making sure it is, um, intimate of the wheel. And we're just gonna wait a while. And now I'm going to open the clay, pulling towards myself and also compressing the bottom and making sure not to go too thin on the bottom. Remember, I wanted ah, little fat bottom piece. I just want to make sure that the clay body is, um, not too thin on the bottom so that I can always just make sure to have some room for trimming. I like to also cut the clay when I'm throwing up the walls. It just gives me a little bit of handle. And now I'm gonna throw throw up. It's like, throw up, throw the clay walls up so in the step, just making sure that the clay is stay centered and that I'm getting good hype, which I am also was thrown off a little bit, making sure that the inside getting all the liquid so that it doesn't crack that was how to clay is kind of thrown off a little bit, but I can fix it later. Is trying to make sure that the walls are pretty thin doubt. And now I'm trying to give my signature. Have flat bottom. No. Also realized that I needed a cup the top of the peace. I have a tendency to throw outward instead of inward. Um, putting too much pressure on my inner hand on my left hand. Um, So right here, Ismea trying to more. So cut the piece. You don't want to do it to drastically if you do. If you cut to drastically, you're gonna have ripples. I don't know if you guys have very had that before, where the clave ripples on the inside. Just make sure that you're moving in time with the wheel, clean out the inside and also trying to give it the flat bottom sheep. Now I'm using the rib tool. The rip tools a great way to it's come to smooth out the the outside while keeping, um, its shape. Make sure you brace the inside wall with the clay too. In your other hand, going back in to make sure I soaked up all the clay and I'm working on my, uh, the lip of the peace. So with this teapot, I'm just trying to make sure that the inside opening is the right size for me, so I kind of fitting with this a little bit. All right, so now I'm going to cut the clay body off of the wheel. This is the way I was taught to cut at the bottom at an angle. Now going to use the wire cutters to cut the clay off of the bet. Well, I was trying to be careful with that. And look, you could just kind of peel this long, winding piece off of it. It's very satisfying. And there you have it. You have your body of your teapot 4. Throwing the Spout: now the next day I'm going to start making is the spout for the teapot saying method of creating the body. The only thing that's different is that I like to do it in a different way when I'm starting to open Nikolay before, she said. And then when I started opening Cle, I tried to go all the way to the bottom of the bad. What about him? So that I can kind of open it up and throw from there? Um, it's an easier way to kind of throw instead of trimming. If you were to leave clear about when you would have Teoh put the, um, spot on the wheel and once it's like, uh uh point where between wet leather hard and cut it off. And that's just too much. So I like to create an opening at the bottom. So now I'm just trying to get that sets water out while also adding a little bit of water so that it can be valuable while I throw. And I do a lot of colorings, just college weekly, trying to make it so that a slice and then some people like to use a stick are some type of tool I for my finger. Um, when you make it smaller teapots and does make more sense to use is, um, a dowel or something like that to throw with for your left hand if you're left handed. This is the needle to a technique I was telling you about. When a piece is kind of wobbly, you can kind of slice it off. It's kind of fun. Yeah, I know. Just trying to gather some excess clean. Kind of bring it up. I think I'm pretty satisfied with this spout. This is the example I want to show this example of using the, um likened abolition type of tool have been out of place. Senior tolerate more like the collar. More also like graceful teapot spouts, spouts to art overworked colorings a little bit more. And then I just used the needle tool to kind of create a nice, sharp edge so that when the water comes out of this about this nice and, um, the pouring just let's nice sizzle, it's very beautiful and vests it that you have it. I'm now going to take, um, this tool. I like to clean up the bottom um kind of keep it coming. Room Rego numbers. Slice it off of the wheel. There you have it. This is felt. 5. Throwing the Lid: So this next video is making the lid totally, really forgot to meet the lid yesterday. Um, Bibles totally fried. Um, I'm using the caliber to kind of measure the inside of the hole because the clay is drier. Um, it did overcompensate. So I threw it of certain, um, size. And then I'm using the needle tool and the triple Children trimmed down the, uh, the lid. But it's all good, something. So I'm just adding some play to the notches, um, so that the bats can sit on their smoothie and not move around. Um, I am using. I think I cut out. Maybe not even like a port of a publicly. Um, just so that I could make a flat lid. I move up a door flat foods like the lives that are recessed, those. So I'm just trying to flatten out clay flight number. Um, all the well, just making sure that the inside part So the part that allege that sits on the inside that keeps the lid centered and helps to live out, fallen apart. Try to make sure that that circumference fits the inside of this conference. The teapot body soda. It is fit snugly in this nice, and that's always the best feeling when you can grow, you should always throw at these three bids. That's what I was taught that I do agree with You, um, was trying to make sure that the lip fits the inside of a teapot. And with the caliber where the two pointy edges are girls are it measures the circumference of the lift from one side to the other on the teapot body. Just make sure that that is pretty much even. Um, also make sure that when you're throwing the body of the teapot, which is something I should have mentioned earlier, But just make sure that that size like this a conference of that is the exact circumference of the lead and the exacts or comforts of. And you should be fun. We should be all did. Like I said earlier. That is why people politicians will make at least three leads just so that you kind of have a get, um I guess Yes, all options. I don't want it to be too small. Definitely don't want it to be too big 6. Trimming: all right. Right now we're at the best part. I love turning right now. I'm just trimming the teapot. Make a sherry. The bottom isn't too. I like to create a little lip on the inside. Just kind of moving around. If you're familiar with throwing cups, this basically just trying to get the most play after the bottom. I love that little spar girl that comes off. It's like a perfect drive. This, and also trying to smooth and usually a tap on the bottom of the teapot are of the vessel and tap on the side and tepid on the bottom in the side. If they have the same sound I could, you know that that's the pigments is the same as on inside. And usually you noticed this side of the pot how thick it is. I just try to make sure that bills sounds kind of compared. Usually, the sides are a bit more hollow unless you, through your pot on the bottom really been. Which isn't good, because it will be harder. Jim, I'm just try to remember that, but if here he's still going cups with dollars, my T five is pretty wobbly. I had a lot of the issues with throwing, but it's still turned out pretty well. Um, I use, um, some of the tools to kind of smooth it out more. Just checking to make sure, but it's not too thin scraper to becoming. I think some of your loving, this weapons very go. That is the body of the teapot. Pretty good looking. 7. Creating the Handle: So this is just a sped up version of me making a handle. These are This is basically how I make handles just kind of roll out the clay, making sure to taper towards the right hand side. There has come in Smith, sit down with my hand and smooth out the little edges. This is how I like to make, um, graceful handles, handles that kind of slope easily. Um, cut off the bottom in top, and I like the press down Mickley and gently gently press on the inside so that it bows out on either side and there's a handle pretty easy. 8. Adjusting Angle of Spout: so I am so sorry. But the video ahead of me trimming the lid has been recorded over, but basically trimmed a lid like you drink any other thing? I also used some water to kind of smooth it out. I threw it thin, so I didn't do a lot of trimming. Um, So right now what we're doing is we're trying to figure out the, uh, teapot trying to clean out, clean up a bit to give me some space. Um, with teapots belt, You want to make sure is not just thinking directly out. Um, if it's sticking directly out the line, there's a line where the water you want the water to, um, or whatever liquid you have in a teapot. You wanted to be at a certain height. Um, and so I don't want my sticking out like I showed previously. Just now. I wanted to be a little bit up, so that is kind of graceful and kind of beautiful. And so just think about like how you would cut something. If you cut a straight off, then it's going to be pretty, um, drastic and pretty harsh. So cutting it on a curve gives it a little bit of, um, elegance to it. And that's what's so I decided to do. I decided to go ahead and clean up my edges. Clean up the the, um the sides making sure is a more of a graceful curve than something that's pretty dressed again harsh and coverage is sticking out. Um, and also, I'm going back and forth to make sure that the height of the water Linus Well, you have to think about that, too. Um, if you fill a teapot, too, to top, think of where the top of the tip of the spout is. That's the water level. Um, so if it were to be lower, then you wouldn't be able to put that much liquid in it. But with this about being almost to the height of the top of the vessel, you can actually put a good bit of water in. There are liquid is pretty interesting. Something that some people don't really think about. But I think about when people use your teapot. When you if you're giving it away, if you're selling it, you want to make sure the water level is correct. Also, just, um, in this like right now, I'm just trying to figure out how this about looks, how it kind of fits with the rest of the teapot. Um, if it was kind of junky, okay, just make a shoot it off. It's, um, and is at a level that I like for it to be. So now, just taking my needle tool in drawing a line where this about is. And when you're cutting this about you're not cutting where the needle tool is you're going in. Um, the depth of how far you going is based on how much of the huh the sides of the walls of the spout are. 9. Attaching Spout: Okay, so now I am going to use my score tool, and I also have This is not something that's necessary, But you can use this little T putt whole poker to put the holes out of the teapot, Um, is a very nifty tool so that people can use loosely t I'm just going to cut a hole in the teapot. It's time only because I'm sure some of you guys don't even have that. So, um, doing it Oh, fashion way. So we just, um, just tracing the whole with my needle tool, making sure that just to go around around so that, um, I don't have to use a knife. I do have an Exacto knife I use Is that no knife a lot when I'm working, But I figured I could just use my needle to clean up the area, making sure it's nice and need, um, also fitting the spout. Making sure to spout fits very well. And so the first thing I'll do is score, and I will also score the spout unis just like helps with the junction of the clay. I will add slurry, which is just a the, um watery claim next year that I was thrown with yesterday. That's usually enough for low fares, glory, little loafers. If I was used my porcelain clear, I would definitely use Larry porcelain kind of Christ way easier and much more than regular clay like this. So trying to clean off the wheel and attach the spout, making sure my inside is nicely need as well. I also went, um, stop for a second to grab some clay, um, so that I can put it on the inside and outside. So I love adding clay like this. I know some potters that don't they just like a nice clean edge? Um, they can make their edges nice and clean. I'm like, Okay, let's just use him playing clean this up. Um, so just trying. Teoh What? The clay. Use my tools to come to smooth the edges in the little areas that need smoothing out. It's pretty well, I probably should have used a sponge at this time. I was, like, more like, Oh, I'm gonna do this. It's gonna be great. Is making sure, um, outside. It's nice and smooth in need. And there we go. There is the spouse. It's looking pretty well 10. Attaching Handle: array. You're stuck with me readily, the last part of the video where we are adding the handle. Um, this part of it's pretty like fun. It's like at the end, and I'm like, Oh, my gosh, times already to get this done. I love the process of designing, like adding my flair to it, um, more sold in a building aspect, All that a building that's but it's kind of fun to It's like You can decorate and you can Well, you can design all you want and you wanted to be a certain way. But with Clay is kind of like it wants to do what he wants to do that's gonna have a bill. So I'm just scoring the ends of the handle, and I'm adding a little bit of slurry in some water, um, attaching the tops and bottoms and then also just kind of looking at it, making sure it looks pretty good. It's like what I wanted to look like also probably grab assing play to put around the handle part just to support around the top attachment and the bottom attachments. Um, I like that this was gives me reassurance. I know some potters that don't do this. They just kind of score and attach. But I'm just more like, don't want this handled going anywhere. I just want to stay right here on this teapot. So that's kind of how I am, Like, make this thing as secure as possible. And now I'm just adding from the top and now admitted about him. I'm sorry. Didn't, um, have this in frame? I'm just trying to add some clean to the bottom part of the handle. There we go. Just trying to smooth it out pretty well. It's basically how you make candles. Were cups just a big giant handle And there you have it. You have a teapot, pray. 11. Final Thoughts: Thank you guys for watching this video of making a teapot. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope to see you guys on Instagram at T Thomas Arts. And also I will love it to see your projects. You're making up your teapot. Thank you. See you guys later.