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teapot spouts not twisting

updated tue 3 may 05


Cindy in SD on fri 29 apr 05

I've included the two previous posts because this makes no sense without
them. I wondered about this when I read it, too. I also doubted that
removing the throwing lines was the reason the spouts weren't twisting.
I wonder if it could be that the rib pressing against the dowel inside
the spout during the final throwing caused enough compression that it
prevented the spout from "uncoiling" later? Just a thought.

I usually don't throw spouts that will have a directional curve at the
end. I pull them like a handle, wait for them to get to leather hard,
then cut them sagitally and hollow them out and rejoin them. I know one
can get used to the curve and get pretty accurate at compensating, but I
never could seem to get them perfect. My husband says I'm
obsessive/compulsive. My customers never noticed, but it really irked
me. Anyway, I only throw spouts that will remain unaltered. My little

Cindy in SD

Vince Pitelka wrote:

>> I regularly do as Phil suggested.
>> I do have one tip to offer to prevent the twisting.
>> I always finish the spout by using a dowel, end of a needle tool,
>> pencil...
>> whatever handy inside the spout and a flexible metal rib on the outside.
>> this removes the spiral impressions and prevents the twisting.
>> I haven't had a twisted spout since using this method.
> Gayle -
> I certainly don't mean to contradict you, in fact I refuse to contradict
> you, because I have complete faith in what you say. But I am trying to
> understand how this could happen. The reason that thrown teapot spouts
> twist in a clockwise direction is not because of visible throwing ridges,
> but because of the spiral grain structure that results from throwing. It
> shouldn't matter at all that you erase the visible throwing marks with a
> rib. There are plenty of people who produce teapot spouts that have no
> throwing lines, and yet they still have to cut an offset in order to
> end up
> with a good spout after it twists. So, the question here is, why
> aren't you
> experiencing any twisting on your spouts?
> - Vince
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Carole Fox on sat 30 apr 05

Cindy - what do you mean by "sagitally"? My dictionary defines "sagital"
as "of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the
skull". I can't relate this definition to a teapot spout.

Carole Fox
Dayton, OH

Cindy in SD on sun 1 may 05

Hi, Carole

Sorry, I guess that was a bit obscure. Think of the direction of that
sagital suture, then imagine it continues all the way down, dividing
your body into two halves. That's the way I cut the solid spout in order
to hollow it out. This way, the pieces are bilaterally symmetrical. No
real reason you couldn't cut the other way--whatever works best for you.

Best wishes,

Carole Fox wrote:

>Cindy - what do you mean by "sagitally"? My dictionary defines "sagital"
>as "of or relating to the suture uniting the two parietal bones of the
>skull". I can't relate this definition to a teapot spout.
>Carole Fox
>Dayton, OH