Project 4

Intermediate Throwing
Teapot Project 4

Problem: Create a series of teapots that have a strong relationship between the formal elements of the lip, rim, handle, spout, etc.

Objective: Learn the basic technique for throwing spouts, to become familiar with using different types of lids for making teapots, and to develop a strong formal relationship between the elements that make a teapot.

Identify several forms of teapots that interest you with regard to design as well as personal expression.

Make several sketches of that explore variations in how you interpret the teapot form for use in personal expression. 

Produce 6 teapots that all have different variations on using the combinations of lid spout and handle.  Decorate each piece in the leather hard stage in a manner that conveys your own personal aesthetic

Focus on the balance created by the relationship of the spout to the handle.

Discuss the drawings you have made with your instructor before beginning

All lids should be thrown immediately after the jar form is thrown to avoid differences in shrinkage.

All pieces should employ the use of incising for surface decoration in the leather hard state.


-Pay attention to timing and the moisture content of the clay when assembling your teapots.

-Make sure the spout on your teapot utilizes the total volume of your vessel.

-Use some type of surface decoration that will simplify the act of glazing after the piece is bisque fired .


Teapot from the Thomas Haig Pottery, Philadelphia, circa 1812
Korea, 12th century Goreyo Dynasty, 918-1392, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Mary law