I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make handmade pitcher spouts – from a traditional pulled spout to a slab spout. But I have to admit that Josh DeWeese’s method was all new to me. He starts with a thrown disc of clay and ends up with a unique and attractive attached spout.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the October 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Josh shares his unconventional process! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
An Innovative Take on a Handmade Pitcher Spout
by Josh DeWeese
The spout is formed on a separate bat by throwing a flat disk with a recessed center portion that is inch thick and an outer portion that is -inch thick (1). Using a wire tool, cut the outer section to create texture and divide the surface into faceted thirds that resemble a Mercedes Benz emblem. Shape and attach the spout while the clay is wet and at full plasticity.
Once you’ve mastered the basic teapot, it’s time to get creative with spouted forms. That’s why we put together our compilation Getting Creative with Spouts and Handles. In this video, four talented artists demonstrate how to make exciting pouring vessels using advanced spout and handle forming techniques. Recorded in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format, artists Marty Fielding, Suze Lindsay, Mike Jabbur and Lorna Meaden lead you through their techniques for creating four truly unique pots.
1 Start the spout with a thrown clay disk with a recessed center, then make shallow cuts into the outer area of the disk to create textures and raised lines that divide the circle into three sections.
2 Curve the disk, place it against the pitcher body, adjust the shape, and trace the outline to prepare for attachment.
Immediately remove it from the wheel, fold it into shape, and place it onto the body. The placement should emphasize the vertical angle of the spout and the breast of the bird-like form. Shape the spout by hand to create the pouring edge.
Mark the placement of the spout (2) and carefully remove it from the form. Use a knife to remove the folded areas and eliminate any extra clay weight. Set the spout aside, facing up and remove the marked area from the body. Prep the edges (3) and attach the spout, joining the interior edge completely. The spout is then finessed for definition.
Cut away the back edge of the body to create a lip that follows the line of the spout (4). This detail will help engineer a smooth flow of liquid.