About 1750

This teapot was made using the press molding technique. First, an absorbent mold of lightly fired clay or plaster of Paris—introduced during the mid-eighteenth century—was made. Then, clay was pressed by hand into the mold, trimmed, and when dried, removed. Sometimes, two molds were used, and the clay was pressed into both and then united. The resulting vessel was removed from the molds and the join was smoothed with liquid clay. Press molds could be used several times to produce identical pieces.