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Asian Style Teapot Strainers

13 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

I've been interested in Asian style teapots for a long time. I'm thinking about Tokoname, Arita, Yixing, etc. Many of these have a built in strainer at the opening of the spout like these.






I've always admired the thinness of the clay and the uniformity and precision of the holes.


I've tried  making a similar strainer in the past but I have run into problems.

It's hard to make holes this small. I suppose the best tool may be a tube shaped hole punch like the one I use to make colanders but I don't have one that small. I've used a small drill bit but that leaves a somewhat unrefined hole. What can I make a tiny (1/8 inch or smaller ) punch out of? (I need some old ink tubes from ball point pens. I've seen brass ones.)

It's also hard to keep glaze out of the holes if you are glazing. I suppose unglazed wares solve this issue.


How are they made?

Any tips, links, suggestions about making Asian style teapot strainers would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you,


Tokoname Clay

04 March 2015 - 01:53 PM

Does anyone know any technical information about Tokoname clay?
Chemistry, firing temp, etc?

Earthenware As Ingredient In Mid Range Clay Body.

05 January 2015 - 10:57 AM

I have access to local earthenware and I'm wondering about using it as an ingredient in a cone six-ish clay body for glazed functional wares. This clay fires red at cone04 but by cone six it has turned dark brown and started to bloat.

What are the pros and cons?

Thanks all.