Dry-joining Teapots

Dry-joining Teapots
September 7, 2017 72 Hands

Dry-joining porcelain is a process unique to Jingdezhen.  While many potters in the west join spouts and handles during the leather-hard stage, dry-joining has less problems with cracking & warping and does not require long periods of supervised drying.  Simple slip & water is used for the initial stage, while a special mix of porcelain is used to fill in and cover up the seams.

The slip-cast teapot bodies with lids ready for joining. Holes to strain tea leaves have already been punched-out using a tubular metal tool.

Slip-cast handles & spouts ready to be joined. Notice the handles are hollow, therefore weigh less, which helps to reduce warping of the teapot at high-fire temperatures.

The finished teapots, drying and soon ready for decoration and glazing.