The Potter’s Creation

The Potter’s Creation

What could be more fun than browsing the Texas Clay Festival in Gruene, Texas for a special teapot on one of the most beautiful days of the fall season! Being an artist, I always enjoy an art festival, especially searching for a beautiful handmade teapot. I found two I liked—a blue and white “Cats and Dogs” teapot by Frank and Barbara of Dos Rios Pottery from Tulsa, Oklahoma and another blue teapot by Jason Hooper from Austin. I am a sucker for blue, whether traditional or contemporary designs. Our Finum basket infusers fit well in both of these teapots.

I have a great deal of respect for anyone who tries to make a teapot. The engineering is very difficult—balancing it so it’s not too heavy when you add the tea, pouring properly without dripping or spilling everywhere. I always ask vendors if they mind if I demo pouring water out of their teapot. One time at market I discovered a teapot that was incapable of pouring out liquid and another that the water poured from the side of the spout. Many teapot artists don’t design their pots for actual use. My bottled water has many uses while shopping!

We enjoyed a delicious lunch outside at the Grist Mill Restaurant in Gruene. I delighted in my grilled trout, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. We even celebrated the day with their delicious gigantic onion rings.

Yesterday my husband and I wandered into Allen’s Boots in SoCo of Austin to purchase a $10 cowboy hat for our grandson, and an hour later walked out with our first cowboy boots. It’s hard to believe we’ve lived in Texas for 37 years and never had any western boots. So one of the fun things about the clay festival was sporting our new boots in the real world.

But I think the most pleasurable part of the pottery fair was meeting so many friendly people, seeing how creative and unique each artist is, and enjoying the Potter’s creation.

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One Response to “The Potter’s Creation”

  1. Jason Witt says:

    I’ve come to understand that part of the problem with dripping spouts on teapots is that they’re short and snub-nosed. My sterling silver teapot never drips or threatens to in the least. That’s because the spout is long and elegantly curved.

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