Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions


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More Holes

Postby Littlepig2 » May 27th, '10, 22:59

I did find a tiny hole cutter yesterday and commenced with OCD hole making. I now have a few prototype teapots and have decided to stop for the time being. This because I need to see how this form pours. I also have another concern. I am thinking (especially with the porcelain) that cracking and warping between holes in the strainer is a danger. We shall see. Meanwhile I leave you with a couple images of my latest child--this one is stoneware and is yet too moist to fire.
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Ah Victoria--such synchronicity! While you were posting about square holes my friend who loaned me her hole cutter was bubbling on about the wonderfulness of her square hole cutter. :?: :!:
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Chip » May 27th, '10, 23:07

This because I need to see how this form pours.

I think you should send one to moi for extensive testing! :lol:

Cool pics of the process ... in pieces. :mrgreen:
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Re: More Holes

Postby Victoria » May 28th, '10, 05:52

Littlepig2 wrote:I did find a tiny hole cutter yesterday and commenced with OCD hole making. I now have a few prototype teapots and have decided to stop for the time being. This because I need to see how this form pours. I also have another concern. I am thinking (especially with the porcelain) that cracking and warping between holes in the strainer is a danger. We shall see. Meanwhile I leave you with a couple images of my latest child--this one is stoneware and is yet too moist to fire.
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Ah Victoria--such synchronicity! While you were posting about square holes my friend who loaned me her hole cutter was bubbling on about the wonderfulness of her square hole cutter. :?: :!:

Haha! Yes synchronicity!
Well I wouldn't stress too much over the holes, I doubt most people would be looking to expressly brew Japanese greens in them. As long as it holds back the bulk of the leaves thats fine, there are always strainers.
:) I am really looking forward to the finished work. These are so sweet!
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Chip » May 28th, '10, 23:03

LP, sorry I neglected to comment on the more holes from your latest photos ... and smaller holes too. This is much better, IMHO. I think more and smaller holes would be helpful for most greens, not just Japanese ... and blacks too. Sans strainers ... and would make the pot more useful for a wider variety of teas including oolong as well. :mrgreen:

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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other adventures

Postby Littlepig2 » May 29th, '10, 08:11

Chip, No sorry necessary. As always I am slow to post and am still back on your offer to do lots of testing on the prototype. . . :lol: "Hold yer horses green guy" :P

Victoria, Thanks! I am also looking forward to seeing these make it through to their finish and feeling rather impatient with the drying process.
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots now biscuit

Postby Littlepig2 » Jun 4th, '10, 08:57

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Good morning TeaChat reader,
I pulled this trio from the kiln yesterday. All are stoneware and they are now biscuit. Do they pour instead of gurgle? They pour! Though I like the performance of the one on the right best. This group will be glaze fired in the gas kiln within the next two weeks.
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Victoria » Jun 4th, '10, 09:15

They look great! Congrats!
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Chip » Jun 4th, '10, 10:02

Awesome looking pots LP! Can't wait to see them post glazed/fired ... and GREEEEN! :mrgreen: (especially the one on the rightski, but why is it hiding?) ... :wink:
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Littlepig2 » Jun 4th, '10, 16:18

Thanks Victoria!

Why is the one on the right hiding? Chip-- you just need to say the right words. "Ollie, Ollie, Oxen. All in free!"
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Victoria » Jun 4th, '10, 16:49

Oh the cuteness!! I can hardly stand it!!
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Geekgirl » Jun 4th, '10, 19:13

Oh man, those are just awesome! How big did they turn out to be?
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby kymidwife » Jun 5th, '10, 00:30

Oh I love these little pots. I love how the spout looks like a long snout coming off of that amazing textured body... I keep thinking of Sonic the Hedge-Hog. One of these little pets surely needs a good home in KY.

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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Littlepig2 » Jun 5th, '10, 16:38

Thanks Geek, Victoria and Sarah!

Size wise: the tea pot belly begins at about 5 inches in diameter. After the glaze fire the belly is around 4 inches in diameter and the pot holds about 250 cc.

About them hedge hogs and the cuteness factor. . .I am having a time of it wrestling with the impulse to put eyes on that snout of a spout!

Here is a pic of one of the prototypes pouring.
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Victoria » Jun 5th, '10, 17:06

Pretty cute!! I dunno about eyes.
That's subjective. I kinda think no.
It is now sort of ... is it or isn't it a critter?
I like the ambiguity ... I think.
(Opinion subject to change on whim)
:shock: :)
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Re: Little Pig Tea pots & Other addictions

Postby Littlepig2 » Jun 5th, '10, 18:17

Victoria wrote:Pretty cute!! I dunno about eyes.
That's subjective. I kinda think no.
It is now sort of ... is it or isn't it a critter?
I like the ambiguity ... I think.
(Opinion subject to change on whim)
:shock: :)


I just had to do it! :twisted:
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