I made Red Shino Teapot on the potter’s wheel from stoneware clay. First, I throw the body and the lid. I create a gallery in the neck of the teapot to seat the lid. When the two parts are ready, I trim a slight foot and round out the lid. Next, I make a spout on the potter’s wheel. And when the spout is slightly stiff, I cut and fit it to the pot. Then I pierce holes where the spout will go to create a screen for loose leaf teas and attach the spout. Once the spout is attached, smoothed, and pitched properly, I pull the handle from a lug of clay. I pull my handles directly from the pot, which gives it a natural shape and connection to the teapot. Lastly, I twist a knotted finial for the lid. And voila a teapot is born.
The result is a balanced sum of the parts.
After the teapot is fired to bisque, I glaze the teapot with a Red Shino glaze which I make. And I like to pour and layer when glazing with shinos. Thinner swatches pull to a reddish brown. And thicker areas result in a caramel brown or even cream color. Often a shino glaze will pull or crawl where thick; and I happen to like these areas because they add texture and interest. The overall effect gives the surface depth. For the final touch, I brush a black slip around the rim which sets off the Red Shino.
My friend in Santa Fe graciously included this teapot and a few other pots that did not fit into my last wood kiln in her Cone 10 gas firing.
Steep and serve your favorite tea, loose leaf or bagged. The spout has a built in “screen”. Serve sake if you like. The teapot pours swiftly and without dribbling.
Display on a shelf when not using the teapot.
Makes a great wedding, anniversary, housewarming, birthday, or anytime gift. Feast your eyes on the various passages that create a fascinating surface of this full form.
Compare to Wood Fired Shino Teapot