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Necking in a tea pot

hey orchid, i’m right now raising a tea kettle and i want to check
that my procedure for necking in is right. in the past on smaller
objects i’ve continued to run courses up from bottom to the rim. i
was wondering if there are any considerations in how you run the
course? do you start to raise from the rim down or is it the same
process as raising to vertical?.

thank you all!

Hi Dave,

It depends on your actual form, but for a typical teapot, you
normally raise it up to a round-bottomed bucket shape, then do as
much planishing on the bottom as you can, while your stakes still
fit, then start raising the top curve in. In the courses for the
top, you normally start at the equator and work your way up to the
opening for the neck. A lot depends on the nature of your stakes,
and where/how they fit.


You should probably ask the Dormouse and his girlfriend for advice.

Elliot Nesterman

When necking down I will continue in the same direction, that is from
the lower portion to the rim. I will usually get the body (widest
part) taken careof first and not pay too much attention to the
material that is to become the neck. This allows me to get a
’flatter’ shoulder prior to necking down. That being said remember
it’s just metal that you are moving around and ‘do what you need to
do to get where you’re going’ and if that means raising fromthe rim
down then do it.

Keep Calm and Hammer On…

Hello David,

Start necking in from the place where you want the form to start
tapering in. Raise as usual.

My favorite book on hollowware is by Feingold and Seitz. There is a
chapter on raising in the book I co-wrote with Betty Helen Longhi,
Creative Metal Forming. We have a group on Facebook called Creative
Metal Forming that you might enjoy being part of. Steve Shelby posts
photos of his works in progress there, and on his website. You also
might like to take a look at David Huang’s website----he documents
many of his pieces, and shares the photos.

Cynthia Eid