I made Taos Round 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. This teapot checks all the boxes!
I pull a handle directly from the pot and add a thumb stop. A trimmed foot elevates the teapot off the table.
The material is stoneware clay, which becomes a strong, tight ceramic when fired to 2200 degrees. I start the “Taos” glaze process by dipping 3/4 or so of the teapot into a floating blue glaze that I make. Next I dip the bottom 1/4 in a copper green glaze that I also make. Next, cream glaze is splashed, trailed, and sometimes poured in small amounts from the place where the blue and green overlap. For the final touches, I daub, trail, and lightly pour a red gold glaze selectively over the upper portion of the pot. I call this 4-part glaze process “Taos” because the result often reminds me of the natural landscape of Northern New Mexico: blue skies, green pines, puffy clouds, and sunshine!
Sometimes this 4-part glaze combination moves too far! And this teapot required some grinding on the foot to smooth out the edge created when the glaze hit the shelf! Also a minor repair with epoxy where the foot stuck to the shelf. See photo. The price reflects this minor cosmetic imperfection.
I fire to 2200 degrees F so the teapot can tolerate some heat! And it’s dishwasher safe as well.
Use loose leaf tea if you prefer. The teapot has a strainer in the spout. A lid top knot adds personality. Smooth pour.
Taos Round Teapot makes a great gift to any lover of tea or tea pot collector! Beautiful to display when not using.
See also Tempest Teapot