Thursday, November 2, 2006

Japanese Or Canadian?

Teapot, that is.

What is the difference you ask?

I asked too.

Canadian- or American or typical British, I suppose, has the handle on the side.

A normal teapot.

The Japanese teapot has a wicker handle over the top.

So, we're going with Japanese because, as it was explained to me, the handle over the top makes pouring a heavier, clay teapot easier.

It made sense to me, as I immediately had a mental image of the last time I tried to pour out one of the million cup teapots at the Church. You always need your non- handle- holding hand steadying the spout end of that big teapot, just because it's so big and heavy and unwieldy. I'm always afraid I'll drop the thing into the cup I'm filling.

So, Japanese it is.

And I'm not choosing an already made teapot; I'm putting together my own.

Our instructor used my clay to show us how to "throw" a teapot. (make it on the pottery wheel).

She made the lid first, then a spout, then started another spout and I finished the second spout, then she made the pot!

It was a beautiful thing.

She thinks it will be ready to put together by tomorrow afternoon, so I'm going to head over to the pottery studio after I've finished with the grade 6 and 7 students and the babysitting course at the school.

I only hope I can remember all the instructions... trim the lid a bit... trace out where the spout will go...use the hole maker to make holes behind the spout... score and "glue" the spout in place... make little clay "worms" and put them in place at the top, to make hook-type things for the handle to hook through... wax the inside of the pot and the outside of the bottom part of the lid and put them together for firing...

Wish me luck! 

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