Making teapots

I tried a weird and wonderful fibro -friendly activity today; I made a teapot.

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I found out about Muddy Fingers Pottery a few weeks ago and booked on to their teapot making class. It took place in the basement of one of my favourite Newcastle cafes, Quilliam Brothers, and every person got a free cuppa. We were off to a good start. 

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I was pretty worried the pottery class was going to involve some kind of Ghost moment, with Unchained Melody playing in my head. Luckily, we arrived to a collection of tools, spouts, lids and handles so I knew it was going to be aimed at beginners. 

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The slabs of rolled clay were for us to decorate and shape into the body of the teapot. So much easier said than done. 

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If you’re after a confidence boost, I urge you not to invite your most arty crafty friend. Photos from this point on are of Ruth’s teapot, for it is far better than mine! Still, it’s not a competition (or, not a close one) and it was totally easy on the body. All very delicate and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Look how pretty they all look, lined up waiting to go into the kiln. I’m almost positive my spout isn’t attached properly, so it’s likely to dribble when I pour from it. Actually, that said, I don’t think my base is as smooth as it should be so we may not get as far as pouring. When it’s all done and glazed I’ll post a picture. For now though, I definitely recommend this as an activity. Lots of freedom to move around, incredibly informal and no heavy labour. A good crafty night out.

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