Teapot 51. Transparent over dark blue underglaze. (Barbara's). Not fond of this. Karen asked why. Hard to articulate but I think it's because the lines aren't as sharp as I'd like them to be. Not perfect. But as Jaleh said, if you want perfect, go to Kmart. Since Karen liked it so much, I gave it to her. She texted, "Thanks for my new teapot. It works really well." She added a smiley face emoticon and 2 thumbs up.
Teapots 45-47. Top, Seaworld on stoneware. 2 out of 6 spout holes clogged. Center, Shino and Seaworld on stoneware. 2-1/2 out of 6 spout holes clogged. Bottom, Glossy White with brushed Cobalt wash on earthenware. All 6 spout holes unclogged. Glossy White on stoneware is very well-behaved. The pot itself is heavier than I'd like though.
Teapot 44. Fall Creek Shino with Seaworld; glazes overlap at center. Stoneware. OK, I like it very much, but the glaze on the handle isn't even. But that's a small flaw, and, after all, it's handmade. . . Nanmade.
Teapots 42 and 43. The top one is sponged cobalt wash over Randy's Yellow, white clay. I was attempting to imitate something I saw in a magazine. Their cobalt was much darker. Teapot 43 is Seaworld on white clay. It looked quite successful until I discovered a crack on the lid. It's also very heavy. I still like it despite the flaws. The next thing I need to work on is cleaning up the spout holes: they're often clogged or ragged. But it's really hard to squeeze your hand inside to clean it. And the spouts could still stand to be higher.
I'm an artist and I teach art and ESOL. I paint, mostly, but also design and make books and calendars using my art and photography. I started pottering about 4 years ago and quickly became addicted. I started this blog, several years ago, as a record of my sketchbooks. Then I didn't post for a few years. This year I started up again with my painting-a-day project, which has become more of a painting-a-week. Then I decided to challenge myself to making ceramic teapots, just because a teapot is the hardest thing to do.