Monday, July 25, 2011

Let's get back to tea pots.

It is my habit to place pieces in progress on top of the television so I can observe them a little while. Well the current tea pot found itself perched on tI like the spout, I like the lid, I like the form. I'd move it around some. Look at it from a different angle While I like the fold formed handle that was balanced on it. I just didn't feel it was right for this piece.  The previous handle, above.
 The wire represents the outside of the new one. By hammering only on the outside of curves they get tighter.
 Still a long way to go This is made from a rather heavy piece of copper pipe flattened and split.
 Much of the mass has been removed and the line fold opened.
It's just resting in place. It needs to be annealed and fit. 
 The blend at the bottom brings the forms together better this time.
On to more careful fitting from here. To be done: the fabricating, drill holes in diffuser, make lip and hinge also for diffuser.


  1. Brad, thank you so much for posting your blog! I adore your teapots and I have always wanted to make one or two or......It is always wonderful to have someone share their processes, thoughts and ideas. I would never have gone in this direction BUT now that you have opened my eyes it will be kept in mind. I would like to ask about the body of the pot. Would the process be considered fold forming? I experimented with fold forming years and years ago and could not open my mind as to how to go about implementing it. Just a closed mind I suppose. Thanks so much!!! Genevieve Flynn

  2. I consider the techniques used for the body to be fold forming. The technique is one I've been developing over the past few years. The handle is a basic line fold. I often seek to attain my final form through folding the metal.

  3. It's absolutely gorgeous, Brad. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process and your insights.