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Creative teapots

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(L-R) Wilma Mantei, Nancy Samoluk and pottery instructor Darlene Martin showcase the teapots they made during a pottery workshop.

Local potters of varying skill levels and experience were able to make some unique teapots during a recent workshop organized by the Estevan Arts Council, and instructed by Darlene Martin.

Martin recently taught two classes on how to make brightly decorated tea pots using rock clay. The maximum number of 10 people attended the first session, and seven were at the second. They created the shape for the teapots, and added the designs.  

The process of finishing the project took the longest time, according to Martin. After the workshop classes, she took the teapots to her art studio in Goodwater, and completed them.

The pots go through a two-firing process by using a kiln, she said.

“The second firing enables the clay to take the glaze and not disintegrate form water and liquid, said Martin.

She also added that the second firing is what gives the tea pot its colours and artistic features.

The craft room has a kiln for the firing process, but Martin said that since it is a time-consuming, she takes the tea pots to her art studio.

“It takes about three weeks by the time you dry and fire and then glaze and then re-fire,” said Marin. “So It’s a not an instant process.”

Also, with the glazing process, she warns people that something might go wrong when in the tea pots are in the kiln.

“I always tell everybody don’t marry your piece until it comes out of the kiln the final time, because anything could happen to it, it can break or it can come apart,” she said.

The teapots were on display in the craft room on May 22.

 

 

 


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