Thanks for the feedback. I decided to document the whole process again to see if I could get some feedback on it.
I've gone over how to get to this stage before. This is a hollow "egg of clay" mad by paddling and pounding. I've smoothed it with rubber which seems to work best. I think it looks OK on the top.
But the bottom is still less than ideal The more I try to smooth it the more lines appear. Since I have a lot more work to do I call this "good enough" and move forward.
Scrape the top flat with ox horn to prepare to make the lid assembly.
When I'm not wokring on a part and if I don't want it to dry out it goes in the muro.
I've started making templates-- this is much easier than the compass... but is there a disadvantage to template over the traditional method?
I don't use water to join I use yougart-thickness clay.
Making the lid.
Rough out the shape with slabs glued together.
Then smooth it out. I wish I had a better way to do this.
If I don't think about what is under something I can cause problems when removing it-- from now on I'll put the lid on a template so it won't stick to the banding wheel!
I'm happy with the way I make spouts for the most part.
The bottom of the lid.
Digging it out.
I have no idea how to make the handle smooth, I make it with very wet clay then let it get a little stiff before putting it on the teapot body. But look at how "hairy" it is. What can I try?
Smoothing with rubber is not effective on this kind of shape.
Everything is coming together! Here are all of the part needed to make the pot: body, spout, lid and lid base. Now just glue it together.
The total area of the holes should be greater than the spout opening! makes sense!
Ready to attach.
Non functional teapot need to cut out the lid!
Smooth the holes on the inside.
Add a handle to the lid and we are done!
I think this one is the best looking thus far.
Might be time to retire some of these "keepers"
Total time: 2.5 hours.
One hint that I was told is that when I get it down to 40min I'll be in business. Going faster helps since the clay can dry out.
One thing I've found hard is getting my clay to the right moisture level... any hints on how to do that?