2788 Johnny Cake Hill Rd
Hamilton, NY 13346
"I produce functional pottery such as mugs, bowls, and colanders. My work is know for its practical simplicity, comfortable handles, and animal decorations executed in a calligraphic style. My wares are microwave safe, oven-proof, and lead-free".
The small teapots of Susanne Farrington are thrown on the potter's wheel, and hand-assembled using individually-rolled spouts, making every teapot unique. Since they have lead-free, non-toxic glazes, these teapots are ready for functional use. Each holds about 2 cups of water.
It is best to first preheat with some hot tap water added to the teapot. When your tea water reaches a boil in a separate vessel on the stove, empty the preheat water, add loose tea or a teabag to the teapot, and pour in the boiling water. (Microwaving is not recommended.)
The teapots are either high-fired to stoneware density, or low-fired as porous, more fragile earthenware decorated with hand-brushed colorful glazes. The stoneware teapots have been dipped in a uniform coat of glaze which, during the firing becomes fluid at peak temperature, subtly highlighting finger ridges made when the clay was soft.
A two-step firing treatment has been given to the smoky-colored teapots. These have been glazed white and high-fired, then packed with sawdust in a brick enclosure outside. When the sawdust is well ignited, a lid is placed on top of the enclosure, resulting in a smoldering burn at low temperatures which leaves permanent smoke marks in the clay and lacy networks of crackles in the glaze.
Decorative & Collectable, yet Functional, the miniature teapots by Susanne Farrington are individually hand-made. As each teapot is sold, its Website picture will be removed.
Hamilton Farmers Market, May through October
Hamilton Whole Foods, (315) 824-2930
Picture Perfect, Canajoharie (315) 673-3066
You may phone (315) 824-1106 to make an appointment to visit my studio and see all kinds of Susanne Farrington pottery.
Description of Teapot-making to accompany the
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These teapots are entirely hand-made. No molds or forms are ever used. First, the teapot body and lid are thrown on the potters wheel, then trimmed. A spout is made by skewering a lump of clay on a dowel and rolling it on a table until the hole has sufficiently been enlarged. Slip out the dowel and dry the spout until it nearly matches the firmness of the teapot body, "leather-hard".
The spout is trimmed for a snug fit against the curve of the teapot. Slushy clay is applied to the base of the perfectly-fitting spout to imprint its position against the teapot. The hole is cut in the wall at that location, and the spout fastened.
Next, a handle is "pulled" from pliable clay and attached. Lids have generally been matched to teapots by this stage.
The teapot is then thoroughly dried and bisque-fired, which gives the clay wet-strength to withstand glazing. Glaze is applied to each teapot by dipping, or by bushing; brushing is a time-intensive process.
They are fired again to make the glaze permanent, glossy, and colorful. The pit-fired teapots are given a third firing, outdoors in a brick and metal enclosure packed with sawdust and other burnables which smolder at least a day and give a smoky, ancient appearance to the wares.
Call (315) 824-1106
Farrington is an active member of the Syracuse Ceramic Guild & Clay Expressions
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