I made Verde Teapot from an iron-bearing stoneware clay which fires to a toasty brown. First I threw all the individual elements on a potter’s wheel. I trimmed a foot that will elevate the teapot slightly off the table and added a knot lid to the lid. Next I pierce a collection of holes where the spout will be placed. This will catch loose leaf tea from coming through the spout. Then I assemble the spout and pull a handle directly from the body of the teapot. And a small ball of clay on the handle provides a thumb stop for comfort and grip.
All three parts must work together in order to have a well-balanced and pleasing teapot. And this is true in terms of the overall aesthetic of the teapot as well as function. Verde Teapot has a full body and a rounded lid, which plunges into the pot and gives added stability when pouring. The twisted finial pulls it all together.
After the teapot was bisque fired, I dipped the pot and the lid in a copper green glaze that I make. I dipped right then left in angles. Next I dipped the pot and the lid in a cream rust glaze that I also make. The result is a tailored, clean effect. The third element is the areas where the two glazes overlap. It reminds me of cactus.
Beautiful to behold and pours smoothly. Seated lid with flange for stability when pouring. The glaze fits tightly and neatly to the clay body.
Leave on display when not using.
Makes a great wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday, housewarming, anytime gift!
I fire to 2200 degrees F so the teapot can bear some heat! And it’s dishwasher safe as well.
Holds 6 cups.
See also Taos Teapot