Friday, January 04, 2008
little mini-pots=BIG bucks?
(pots by Gary Rith, penny by Uncle Sam)
I got a call from my friend Don the other day. His significant other, Justine, has a doll house, and he wanted to know about miniature teapots. I hadn't made any in a little while, and the parts to fix my big kiln havn't arrived yet, so this is a great project, and it got me thinking.
Several years go I made my first mini teapots and cups. The thrill is filling an egg carton with a day's work, and you can charge good money for each item! Because they are collectible. That is especially true if you make something that is an accurate repro of a real period item. That way, a person with a dollhouse or castle depicting life in 1620 can have a realistic tiny little teapot and mug for the table.
The most common size is one inch=one foot. Roughly, that means a teapot needs to be no bigger than a penny! You can see I have a small cupboard up there, maybe 4 inches tall, and the little vase, cups and 2 teapots I finished yesterday. Although the lids of the teapots come off, they are too small to have working spouts. The slightly bigger teapot in front of the cupboard is entirely functional, and would hold a couple of spoonfuls of tea!
So, basically, I am thinking of working on this for awhile here this winter, perhaps making repros from the early 1600s if Greg will help me find some of those pictures again......
NEED I tell you that I dreamt I lived in a doll house????