Four Approaches to the Teapot

Teapots hold a special place in the hearts of potters and learning how to make teapots is a big milestone in any potter’s artistic development. Made up of multiple components—spout, handle, lid, knob, body, etc.—teapots pose an exciting but complicated challenge: how to make all of these parts work together as a cohesive whole. This compilation aims to help potters take on the teapot challenge and master the form.

Four Approaches to the Teapot features four interesting and diverse ways to make teapots by four well-known and respected artists: Julia Galloway, Randy Johnston, Lisa Naples, and Donovan Palmquist. With this well-rounded presentation, you’ll be able to mix and match techniques and come up with your own teapot style. But most importantly, you’ll develop the critical skills to make sure your teapots function to the highest potential!

Runtime: Approximately 3 hours

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Part 1
Lisa Naples’ Handbuilt Teapot
Donovan Palmquist’s Wheel Thrown and Carved Teapot

Part 2
Julia Galloway’s Wheel Thrown Teapot
Randy Johnston’s Slump Molded Handbuilt Teapot

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Lisa Naples, Randy Johnston, Donovan Palmquist, and Julia Galloway

About the Artist

Lisa Naples

Lisa Naples resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she makes pottery and narrative sculpture from her barn studio. In 1988, she earned her MFA in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has given lectures and workshops at Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and other noted ceramic workshop centers. Her work has been exhibited at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Washington Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows, and other juried shows around the United States. In 2005, Lisa was awarded an NCECA Residency Award at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. To learn more about Lisa, please visit

Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston is a professor at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, and has been making work in his Wisconsin studio for more than 35 years. He earned his BFA from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Warren MacKenzie, and his MFA from Southern Illinois University. He also apprenticed at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more or see more images of his work, please visit

Donovan Palmquist

Donovan Palmquist has been making pots for more than 30 years. Currently, he makes pots part-time and is the owner of Master Kiln Builders. He received his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Minnesota in 1988. He exhibits his work nationally, and has received numerous grants and awards. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and has taught at the Northern Clay Center and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. His primary interest is high-fire functional work, with a current focus on thrown and altered vessels in atmospheric (soda/salt and wood) firings. To learn more or see more images of his work, visit

Julia Galloway

Julia Galloway is a utilitarian potter, director of the School of Art and professor at the University of Montana, Missoula. Julia was born and raised in Boston. She earned her BFA at New York State College of Art & Design at Alfred University and her MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of numerous museums including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the Long Beach Art Museum in Long Beach, California. She has served on the boards of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. To learn more about Julia, please visit

  • I can only get the 4 nuggets, too. When I click on the the chapters, nothing comes up..just a white blank. I am using safari on a macbook pro.

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  • Dorothy R.

    All I can get is the introductory blurb with the 4 nuggets. When I then click on one of the chapters it just replays the introduction. I am using google chrome on an iPad most of the time but do also use my desktop pc with Windows 10 on it. Please help as I really want to use this service.

  • Greta Michelle J.

    Julia Galloway said some things about the ritual of tea that reflects exactly why I enjoy making them. Cheers! Very informative videos from all.

  • Dorothy R.

    I can’t get the videos to steam on my computer. At the same time, I can get other sites to send/receive find. Is there something not working on your site?

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