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Easter Teapot Workshop

with Chris Harford


Workshop 1


Friday 19 April 2019






Day workshop

Students will probably be working on 2 or 3 teapots over the course.

Class overview

Suitable for intermediate to advanced throwers (minimum skill level is to be able centre and pull up a cylinder without assistance).


Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April




Workshop 1

Skillsets that will be a focus of this course

  • the elements of teapot design
  • designing functional shapes
  • throwing spouts
  • making lids and galleries
  • making handles
  • trimming
  • fitting and assembling thrown pieces.

The Workshop includes

Day 1
  • Discussion on form and function of the teapot and what to look at when
  • designing a teapot
  • The day will then be spent throwing the bodies and lids
  • Ongoing demonstration and discussion throughout the day.
Day 2
  • Trimming of bodies and lids.
  • Fitting of lids.
  • Preparation on the body to receive the spout
  • Discussion on spouts and handles
  • Demonstration of throwing spouts, pulling spouts, pulling and hand making handles.
Day 3
  • Putting it all together
  • The finishing touches
  • Demonstration of glazing a teapot

Students will need to bring

Bats if you work on bats
Plastic bags or similar (dry cleaning bags are good, they’re soft and light)
Camera and notebook

About the artist

Chris has been a professional potter for more than 30 years, establishing Spinning Gum Pottery in the ACT in 1996. He works in stoneware and porcelain clays and consistently wins awards for his tableware and teapots, most notably eight winning entries in major teapot shows since 2004.
His work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas and he has conducted more than 40 workshops and lectures in Australia, the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

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