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Some small (half pint) jugs made and fired recently do not pour at all well. They basically end up dribbling down the front, more than just a drip or two. Putting a smear of butter under the lip allows them to pour perfectly! Is there anything I can actually do to them (grinding away a bit of glaze?) to make them better? Obviously for future jugs I am going to have to adjust the design of the spout, and from what I've read, possibly the lip should end more horizontally (you'll see in my pictures that the spout is angled upwards somewhat). I shaped these with my little finger, pulled between thumb and forefinger of other hand. Any tips/advice gratefully received!
Mark Shapiro Workshop â€“ Teapots: Brew / Pour / More WS01 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member For the potter, teapots are entrancing objects to make. They have a long and rich history that evokes social rituals and intercultural connections. They have long been collected and displayed, and ceramic teapots remain the first choice for brewing tea. They are still commonly used, though other ceramic forms have been replaced by other kinds of vessels. Technically teapots present the challenge of designing and integrating multiple partsâ€”spout, lid, handle, foot, knobâ€”in addition to the usual questions of clay, surface, and firing. As such, the teapot is a classic potterâ€™s performance, in which the drama of ceramic inspiration and mastery unfolds. A functional teapot must successfully brew and pour tea, but what else can a teapot do? In this 2-day workshop participants will look at the parts that make the whole, focusing on ergonomics, proportion, and the harmony of elements. What makes a great teapot, one that you want to use again and again? This workshop will attempt to unfold some of those qualities by learning from outstanding examples and thinking about how to capture such excellence in our own teapots and related wares. Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov, are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. WS01 â€“ Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members Contact Matthew Hyleck at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209