Making a Thrown and Handbuilt Tea Infuser Set with Gwendolyn Yoppolo

In this video, Gwendolyn Yoppolo demonstrates how to create how to create a wheel-thrown and handbuilt tea infuser set. Gwendolyn shows how you can use the wheel to generate basic forms, and then transform them into unique, eye-catching functional objects. (Scroll down for more!)


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Sculpting tableware!

When looking at Gwendolyn’s tea infuser set, you might not guess it is wheel thrown. This is because of her unique process of creating a basic shape on the wheel, and then continuing to sculpt that shape into the form she wants. When the form is sturdy enough to hold up, but still very soft and supple, Gwendolyn pinches, pushes and pulls into truly one-of-a-kind forms.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Alter basic thrown forms into interesting shapes using your hands and a variety of ribs and tools
  • Use additive and reductive techniques to refine forms
  • Make holes for your infuser at just the right time, with just the right spacing, and fix mistakes if they happen
  • Use the tea infuser stand to support the rounded-bottom tea infuser through the firing!
  • Establish a good fit between an out of round cup and strainer
  • And much more!

A teapot for one! And so much more!

Sometimes making a whole pot of tea is too much. That’s where a set like this comes in—it’s like a teapot for one! Gwendolyn shares all of her secrets to making all of the pieces and parts fit together like a glove, despite the fact that they are altered out of round. In addition, you’ll be inspired to go beyond the shapes that the wheel naturally produces to make any shape you can dream up.

If you are looking for ways to really make your work stand out, this video is a must for your library!


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