Purple Sunset Teapot


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I made Purple Sunset Teapot by throwing the individual elements on a potter’s wheel and then assembling those elements:  Body, spout, and lid.  All three must work together in order to have a well-balanced and pleasing teapot.  First, the body is full and round with a trimmed foot to elevate the pot off the table.  The neck draws in and then flares into a flat rim.  Next, the chubby spout mirrors the body and has a built in strainer to catch loose leaf tea.  Lastly, the lid has a flange which drops down into the pot, providing more stability when pouring.  And the lid seats into the rim of the pot.  A twisted finial ties it all together!

But let’s not forget the handle.  I pull this directly from the pot, after the pot has been trimmed and spout has been attached.  It’s a strong handle, shapely and roomy, with a thumb stop for added comfort.

Once the teapot has been bisque fired, I start by dipping the upper portion of the teapot in a floating blue glaze.  Next, I dip the lower portion of the pot in a purple matte glaze.  I line the interior with a red gold and then overlap the blue glaze as well.

There’s something about Purple Sunset Teapot that reminds me of the sunset out at sea.  An enchanting tempest brewing along with your tea, perhaps.  Pour slowly.  It’s a short spout.

Use daily and display when not needed.

Makes a great wedding, housewarming, birthday, holiday, or anytime gift!

Easily holds 5 cups.

See also Black Tie Teapot