How to Attach a Teapot Spout at Just the Right Angle!

Plus, Great Tips for Fitting Teapot Spouts!

Teapot Spout

Learning how to make ceramic teapots is a big milestone in any potter’s ceramic development. From handles to spouts, teapots have multiple components and getting them all to work together successfully is an exciting challenge for the budding ceramic artist.

This post will focus on one component only: the teapot spout. In this post, an excerpt from our new release Pencil & Process in MotionJared Zehmer shows how to attach a teapot spout at just the right angle. Plus, Tiffany Hilton shares her take on this technique. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty.

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This clip was excerpted from Pencil & Process in Motion with Jared Zehmer, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Network Shop. You can also purchase the companion book to complete the set! Order from the Pencil & Process Book & Video Set shop page and save $10!

Great Tips for Fitting Teapot Spouts

by Tiffany Hilton

Making teapots can seem like the ultimate challenge. Cutting spouts at the right angle to fit the body has always been the hardest part for me. Recently I had a revelation when I thought to use one of my circle templates to trace a line at the angle I wanted while fitting spouts (2). These plastic templates are readily available at your local art supply store or online and come in various sizes.


Teapot Spout

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Once you’ve gotten a handle on throwing – centering is no longer the nightmare it once was and your pots aren’t so heavy they would make better door stops than serving vessels – it is time to start thinking about more challenging forms, and that is where Throwing Techniques comes in. With an entire section on teapots and other spouted forms, what once was a challenge will soon be old hat! No matter where your interests lie, Throwing Techniques will help you take your skills to the next level.


Teapot Spout

Teapot Spout

A practice that I keep and recommend to my students is to always throw several spouts for each teapot so that you have multiple options to choose from. Try making teapots in a series of 3 or 4 at a time and throw at least 8 spouts to work with.


Teapot Spout

Teapot Spout

Start with a larger diameter circle that fits your spout and move the spout to find the angle you are looking for (3), then mark the line and cut with a knife (4, 5). Remember you can always cut more or adjust the angle slightly as you work to find the right fit. Attaching spouts at a soft leather-hard state offers the best results as you can still mold the cut edge to fit the body (6, 7).


Teapot Spout

Teapot Spout

the author Tiffany Hilton is a full-time potter in Northampton, Massachusetts , who loves teaching people how to make pots. Learn more at

**First published in 2018.
  • Robert P.

    RE: Hermein: the best reason I’ve found for making many small holes rather that one large is to allow more glaze to clog them and make the teapot function as a doorstop. Hence, since most people use teabags or a strainer anyhow, I use just one large hole.

  • Vivienne K.

    I do remember being told years ago that you should slightly push spouts and cup and teapot handles to one side or another as they will move a bit off centre in the firing. I haven’t made tea pots for a while and can’t remember which way to move them. Would you like to comment on that please

    • Ella K.

      If the wheel spins anti clockwise then the spouts ‘memory’ will make the end of the spout want to unravel in a clockwise motion compared to the base. From what I was taught, if you put the end part of the spout that you want to be at the bottom (6 o’clock) at the 4:30 position on the wheel and attach the base to the teapot this way, then in the kiln the spout will unwind itself from 4:30 around to 6 oclock

  • Ive never had any trouble getting it in the right spot, but do you have any tips for making a spout that doesn’t DRIP? *heavy sigh*

  • Hermien S.

    just a question, is there a reason to make several small holes, in stead of one large one? other than the stability of the form?

    • Hi Hermien, you can use the smaller holes as a strainer for teabags or larger tea leaves. -CAN Staff

  • Great tip! Here’s another; make the lower lip of the spout higher than the lid opening so you can completely fill the pot without liquid pouring out the too low spout.

  • Charmain D.

    Wow! Thank you so much—after years of aggravation trying to find the right fit, this will be amazing!

  • Janice K.

    Great idea, I have put off making teapots because of problems with the spout attachment, now I will start making them again. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • juanita s.

    Brilliant idea! Now I know what to do with my circle template from my architectural designing/drafting days.

  • Sally H.

    Thanks for sharing this tip! It’s going to make teapot making more enjoyable. My spouts always end up off centre and this will solve the problem!! I will also share this with my students

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