Ethan Kurland wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:34 pm
You might try using teaware with drip glaze made where you live. I was happy using a locally made pot with drip glaze. I dropped it which broke its handle. I use it as a server now.
One can get attached to these pretty things we hold in our hands & admire with our eyes. I especially like irregular items (a.k.a. seconds). They are often affordable & sometimes more beautiful to me than "perfect" pieces.
I don't think I am missing much by my ignorance about differences, such as low-fired versus high-fired or ceramics baked by a wood fire v. other sources of heat. Buying finished pieces made by people enjoying their craft in the Boston area is fun. I take a bottle of water to sales. I don't want a bad pour or a bad taste. I haven't run into such a problem yet. "Ordinary" clay has worked fine.
Thanks for your reply. I'd be happy to buy locally made teaware. However, searching online has revealed that it doesn't seem to be available in Toronto. There are a few artists in Quebec, but at that point, it would be cheaper to buy online than to go in person. Maybe some people sell teaware at the Toronto Tea Festival in January, though I think COVID closed that down last year. How does one go about finding Canadian teaware makers?
For this cup/bowl/other small piece of teaware, you're right that the drip glaze is more important than the wood firing. I'm still a newbie when it comes to clay and would be happy with something pretty that's also more or less affordable. I'll save my clay-related worrying for teapots!