Teapot handle - Japanese inspired, clay'n woodworking

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-22-2015 05:24 PM 1647 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Teapot handle – Japanese inspired
clay’n woodworking.

It’s not all wood!
But all nature.
All love.

This is where it starts, clay, forming the pot with the hands, layer after layer.

Trying to keep that touch of nature.
A little symbolic house on top as knob, after all I am an architect.

That one, yes the architect, but what’s interesting is the tree, the texture, the colors.

Almost like as ancient creatures are here.

So I bring home a touch of this wonderful nature.
In the back you can see the pot has now been glazed and fired.
I am so happy with the result, man touched nature, as if still wet.
Cut some branches and peal of some bark for binding.

Branch folds over it self.
I fight with that bark…

Ok this is the idea.

I like the simplicity.

Now a handle.
Wonderful piece with traces of nature.
I drill two holes.

Pinned mortise tenon.
This I really like.

Give in and go for some raffia string.
It blends in nice with the pot.

Here we are, at home in the kitchen.
Sugar bowl on left and drinking cup on right.

And in the workshop, other side.

What inspired me was making these little Japanese style Toubako boxes.
Cut out and hollowed from a chunk of clay, trying to hold on to natures own touch.

Ohhh yes the cups are wonderful for a good espresso also.

Like a macchiato, with a dark beer cake.

Hope I could make some wood friends, get a glimpse of the clay world.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 05:33 PM

Pretty cool Mads.
I also like that saw in pic 7.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 05:53 PM

Cool handle made from what nature made for you and i like the way it is attached to the lid .
Thanks for the blog also it explains it very well .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 06:20 PM

Honestly Mafe, the thing that amazes me most about your work is your refined sensibilities. This is exquisite, the combination of sophistication and rustic is pitch perfect, and it doesn’t hurt that you have the same espresso maker that I do. Long live Silvia :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 07:27 PM

Everything Jerry said, well done Mads. I want my own home filled with things like these.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 08:31 PM

Aahhh mads you add that touch of the truly creative to LJ’s, this is a fabulous post & thanks for sharing your play time with us all :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 08:54 PM

Working in clay is even more satisfying than turning wood- no waste!

The free form shapes and the glazing surely must make the coffee and tea taste that much better.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 11:59 PM

Good work, Mads, Love it! I have not thrown pottery sense my high school days!

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 02:48 AM


-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 10:30 AM

Wonderful Mads. I was happy just seeing the beautifully crafted ceramics, but you even managed to use wood for a clever handle. I am wondering how you fire the glaze. Do you have a kiln or is it a brick type oven using wood? I have a love for ceramics as it was my mother’s hobby and I occasional made things with her. Happy moments and memories.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-24-2015 08:22 PM

Very clever, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is right with nature, too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 03-25-2015 12:49 PM

Way cool Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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