Making a Teapot with Doug Peltzman

In this video, Doug Peltzman demonstrates how he tackles the complexities of making a teapot form. With so many components—spout, lid, handle, knob, body, etc.—teapots are arguably one of the most challenging pottery forms. When you break them down into individual components, each part of a teapot is doable. But what makes a really good teapot is how those individual pieces relate to each other and function, both physically and aesthetically. Doug covers all of those details in this through presentation. You’ll learn how to throw a lightweight pitcher body, make a durable and functional flange, trim on a chuck, create a spout that has just the right twist to compensate for unwinding in the firing, make functional and well-proportioned handles, and much more! This video also contains a bonus video on how Doug makes handles for teapots, mugs and pitchers.

Runtime: 1 hour, 17 minutes

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Doug Peltzman

About the Artist

Doug Peltzman is a studio potter living and working in Shokan, New York. He makes one-of-a-kind handmade porcelain and earthenware pottery for the kitchen and home. Doug’s pieces incorporate a wide variety of influence, which take the form of highly crafted functional and decorative objects. He has had the honor of being both a juror and curator of national exhibitions. Doug has taught workshops at many art centers and universities across the U.S, including Arrowmont, Peters Valley, Goggleworks, Davis & Elkins College, UNT, SUNY New Paltz, The Clay Studio, and The Art School at Old Church. Doug is also a founding member of Objective Clay. His pottery has been featured in many publications and can be found in homes and kitchens across the country. Visit Doug’s website to learn more about his work

  • I just thoroughly enjoyed watching this Doug! He’s got a wonderful way of teaching and his work is just beautiful. I have followed him on Instagram for quite some time now and I’m so glad I got around to watching this video! Thank you Doug, and thank you Ceramic Arts Network! Paul Nicholas I’m on Instagram too! @mtpleasantpottery

  • Margaret B.

    What a master and a privilege to see him at work. Like all great teachers , his lessons are pithy and clear. Thanks Doug, my spouts will now far better conquer their clay memory!

  • Nancy S.

    Love this video and Doug’s pottery. His attention to detail is thoughtful and inspiring. Handling his ceramic creations is very comforting and distinctive. Makes me want to do better in my own work

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