Shino Swirl Teapot


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I made Shino Swirl 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.  Shino Swirl Teapot takes its name from the swirls I added to the body of the teapot when the clay was still pliable.

I pulled the handle directly from the pot. Added a thumb stop for comfort.  And the top knot lid handle adds personality.  A trimmed foot elevates the teapot off the table.

The material is stoneware clay.  The shino glaze is a rich, slightly modulated, caramel color with natural ash and salt glazes.

I fire to 2400 degrees F in a wood kiln so the teapot can bear some heat!  And it’s dishwasher safe as well.

Use loose leaf tea if you prefer.  The teapot has a strainer in the spout.  Use daily and display when not needed.

The quintessential teapot.  Each part well-balanced and beautifully functional. The form and surface well-integrated and aesthetically satisfying.  The handle comfortable.  The spout clean and smooth – no dripping.  Every once in a while, I make a teapot that sings.  And this teapot sings!

Holds 4 cups.

Compared to Celedon Teapot

Find me at the Contemporary Clay Fair at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club on Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, April 25-26, 2020.