Friday, May 22, 2009

Not What I Expected

OOPS......not what I expected....


See the white rooster, behind the chicken wire? It is a teapot. I bought it on Ebay a couple of months ago.


I thought it was a porcelain teapot. The description said it was a bisque porcelain teapot. I thought it was a teapot I could use....


What they meant by bisque, was that it was an unfired porcelain teapot. The type you need to paint and then fire in a kiln.
I don't have a kiln....



So I am thinking about just spray painting it and using it for decoration. Maybe I should find someone who has a kiln.


What would you do? Please leave me a comment with some suggestions...
Welcome Home,
Penny

32 comments:

kimmcl said...

Hmmm. I would probably just give it a nice shiny coat of white spray paint. Then it will look like it has been fired. Of course, then you can't use it. I guess it depends on how much you want to use it Penny. It looks more decorative to me, so I would just put it out for display. But what do I know? HA! KIM

Kathi said...

I would definitely take it somewhere after you paint and glaze it. Then have it fired in a kiln. Bisque is rather delicate.
It will last longer if it is fired.

Jojo said...

No matter what you do to it, the teapot will end up as an amazing work of art. It is really a unique piece - very cute!

glorv1 said...

I'm sure there are places that will fire it in a kiln. Look in your phone book. It's a great rooster. Have a great weekend Penny.

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Some place where they offer Ceramic glasses often allow you to glaze and fire a piece for a small fee.
Have a great weekend,
Tam

Kathleen Grace said...

Its very cute! If you look in the phone book there are usually ceramic studios listed that will help you glaze your bisque ware and then fire it for a small fee. It isn't usually very expensive at all. It is worth a call to find out because then you would have a piece that would last:>)

Beverly said...

Penny, I like it just the way it is. It is so unusual - and gorgeous!

Lynns Lovelies said...

Penny with your tremendous talent...it will be beautiful whatever you decide to do! Since I have never worked with ceramic, pottery..I wouldn't know what to do~~LOL! Did that make sense? It is so pretty just as it is...

Hugs,
Lynn♥

bj said...

O, Penny...it is far too cute and unusual to take a chance on the raw product. You can check the price to have it fired...it is generally very reasonable. It will last a longer time and you will be glad you did it, I think.
xo bj

Betty Jo said...

Goodness! That should have been stated in the description. How many people own kilns? Can't wait to see what you do with it. ♥

Scribbler said...

I think it is pretty the way it is. I have several pieces of unfired bisque, and I just like the way it looks.

There is always something else in which to make tea, right?

Scribbler

Nancy said...

Penny, I would have it fired! It is gorgeous and so unusual! Can't wait to see what you do with it! Nancy

Charli and me said...

It's a very unusual teapot. I really like it. Have you thought about taking it to one of those places that offers ceramic classes? I sure you could find one in your area. They seem to be all over. It would be fun to see what you do with it. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend ♥

Sandi McBride said...

I'd check with a craft shop and find a kiln and go for it! With your talent, you can make a one of a kind teapot that no one will be able to match! But please, don't spray paint it!!! And now, you really need a kiln!
hugs
Sandi

Shelia said...

Hi Penny! Oh, I'm sorry - those folks weren't really truthful, were they? Well, if you want to use it I'd find a way to get it fired. It is just precious! It might get chipped if it's not fired! What a dilemma!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

I'd find someone with a kiln. As talented as you are, if would be gorgeous if you glazed & fired it! ☺ Diane

Angie said...

I would probably just paint it since that's an easy fix. Love the striped pot you did! Will have to copy!

Alison Gibbs said...

I would probably just paint it but if someone offers the use of a kiln go for it
Alison

Vee said...

It's so unique...I know that you'll find the right solution, but have you considered adding one more item to your list of things to learn? Ceramics sounds interesting...firing a kiln? That could be fun. Just teasing...really!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I think spray painting it would work if you want to use it for decoration. But how about going to on of those paint your own pottery places and asking them to fire it. At the two we have here, you can bring your own pieces in to paint and they fire them.

Manuela

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

This little guy is really kind of cute and charming...lots of nice details on him. I've never had any experience with unfired bisque so I can't offer an opinion but I got the impression it was rather fragile until it was fired. Maybe not. ???

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you will update us. I'd like to know how he comes out.

Sunny Daze said...

I think bisque is rather fragile. It has been fired once but needs to be fired agian. A ceramics shop would be happy to help you choose a food safe glaze and fire it so you can use. They usually have brushes etc. that they let you use. You pay for the paint and firing. I don't think it would cost much. I've done just a little bit of ceramics years ago - you might just find yourself addictied to it. Can't wait to see what you do.
Sunny

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Penny,
Well, I've done lots of ceramic pieces myself and if you want to use it then by all means get it fired. You will make it wonderful either way. I kind of like the look of it the way it is, although I would paint it white so it wouldn't break as easily. It is so unique! Have a great weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Catherine Holman said...

If you are just going to use it as a display I wouldn't bother with firing it. What a unique teapot!
Hugs,
Cathie

Allidink said...

Aw too bad you live so far away I have a kiln that I would gladly let you use. Where I live there are stores where you can paint your own pottery and they fire it. Maybe you could take it to one of those places and they'll let you use their kiln for a fee?

All the best,
Allison

TattingChic said...

Ugh! Don't you hate it when something isn't clearly advertised!? Bummer.

Jensmere said...

Hi Penny, I just stopped in for a visit and really enjoyed your blog! Love the little rooster teapot! He would be great done with a 'wash' and matte glaze, then fire.

Hope you will stop by my place sometime!
Be blessed,
Susan

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Penny,

Gracious - what to do - hmmm - I would try and find a way to paint it so that you can use it since it is so adorable. Can you use the paint made to paint on glass and china?- I believe that you can buy it a Michaels and after it has been painted you put it in the oven to bake the finish - not as good a a kiln - but it may work so you can use it.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day.
Blessings,
Erin

Happy To Be said...

Love the teapot Penny...I would just have it fired so I could use it myself...May you have a wonderful weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I have to giggle because almost every time I buy something on Ebay something unexpected like that happens when I open the package. I think I would paint it, but what color...hummm...black would be cute, or red...or white...now I can't wait to see what you decide :)

Hugs,
D

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would get it glazed solid white and have it fired. Isn't there a place downtown that does that? I think it's on one of the side streets! can't wait to find out what you do...I know it will be beautiful!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I would definitely have it glazed and fired, Penny. It's so cute!

XO,

Sheila :-)