I guess it would be a tea pot. I have never attempted one. I have bought a few over the years; never used one of them. I am not a tea person. The thought of making basically a covered jar with a handle and spout; to many pieces. Now I will have to make some. Thanks a lot.
To me, they are a very fun challenge. I love making the lips to hold the lid (although, it makes them a lot more fragile and I have to be careful not to bump the insides). The hardest part is making 2 or 3 lids to fit, mine tend to shrink unevenly thus I throw several and hope one matches Attaching the nozzle is also a learning curve, so is the form of the handle.... hmmm a lot of work but I drink a lot of tea...
I feel your pain. I had problems with long chalice stems for my communion sets. In the end I ended up making a chuck using basic plumbing parts that I use on my Griffin Grip. They are readily available at Lowes. You can see it in action at my blog site.
I desperately want a giffin, but I just can't see myself spending the $$$ just yet when I don't really sell enough vases/long neck forms to justify the cost! I can tap-center bowls/mugs in under a minute, so for now I will stick with rolling wads of clay for adhesion and trimming the old-fashion way!
I love to belly out vases, but I honestly just hate trimming them. I struggle with finding/making chucks that hold the form well to trim (I prefer to throw a little thicker on a vase since I work with soft clay then trim afterwards). There are few forms I don't like making, but plenty I dislike trimming ie: anything with a long or delicate neck, or something very tall and narrow.
The neck got warped when I was trimming it on the chuck.
Why are you trimming them upside down? Why not just wet the bottom and stick it to the wheelhead and trim bottom to top? That is how I trim almost all my jars with skinny necks. Is that the wrong way or something. I just always did it that way.
Just realized maybe you put a foot on them? I dunno. All my jars and stuff have flat bottoms so I lick and stickum to the wheelhead and start trimming to get final shape I want.
I trim them upside down because I love feet. I put a very distinct foot on almost everything I make, it just appeals to me and screams "I was handmade!" (: