I made Taos 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.
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. The red gold is a runny glaze and can end up running off the pot onto the shelves if applied to heavily. 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!
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. Spout pours fast and clean.
See also Purple Rain Teapot