Monday, March 23, 2009

a tale of two teapots



(pots by Gary Rith)
As I say below, I considered 5 handles for the teapot on the left above and settled on an ovoid cane handle with a wrapped top (upper right in a pic down a ways). HOWEVER, I couldn't get the end into the lug. I soak handles then put them on, cause cane and bamboo are like pasta--rigid until you wet them in hot water. So then I boiled water and soaked the handle in there--a lot more flexible, but still, no go. THEN I tried this bamboo handle with wire ends. The ends fit but I boiled water and soaked the bamboo in boiling water too, so that it would bend into place without snapping, WHICH THEY WILL DO if you are impatient.
Gorgeous eh?
Thanks.

7 comments:

Leslie said...

Muy Bellisimo.

ML said...

Are you mad, sir? Or just too much of a perfectionist? That little 'flaw', is just 'personality'! far as I'm concerned. No one else, would ever call it a flaw, and you should just pretend that you did it on purpose.

Lynda said...

Beautiful! Gary, if the missus doesn't want you to keep the "flawed" teapot... I have a GREAT home for it. Let me know.

Stacey said...

I LOVE the new glaze, the color is perfect! wow.

jimgottuso said...

dude... looks great, and that handle's the best anyway plus you got bamboo & elephants... that's asian all the way

Betty said...

Hello Gary,
I came on over from Glass Half Full Gal's blog. I Love your work. I looked over your pottery pics. So beautiful and the bunny pencils are adorable.

kcinnova said...

That's the one *I* would have chosen! (I think...)