Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Teapot is a utensil for soaking tea leaves or herbal mixtures in boiling water. It has a lid, a handle, and a funnel which has a straining section.

Method of using: When the water is boiling, a small amount is poured into the teapot, swirled round to heat up the whole pot and then tipped out. The tea or herbs are put into the pot, which is then filled up with boiling water and left to stand for a few seconds before serving. It can be prepared with or without milk, lemon and sugar.

Making a teapot; it is a difficult piece to create, as it has many sections which have to be attached and each one has several styles and methods of working. When finished it should be a product that is useful, practical and elegant which pours correctly.

1) A spout must pour correctly and be the same height or higher than the main body so when the teapot is full and standing the tea does not come out of the spout.
2) In the past, before teabags were used, teapots always had grids but now they are made with and without them.
3) A lid must fit well so the heat does not escape and it doesn’t fall off while pouring.
4) The lid should have a knob that is big enough to pick it up easily.
5) Handles should be made to hold the pot comfortably when moving and pouring. There are many different styles of clay handles and they can be of different materials such as cane or bamboo and all are attached separately.

The sections on teapot have been lent to the dictionary by Ramon Fort from his book El torno, giro a giro.
It can be bought through his web. Link de l’autor – Ramón Fort

The next section; Teapot: (a) Making the body.