This teapot was hand-built out of coils. You can still see the coils on
the outside - they have been smoothed together on the inside to increase strength and make
the teapot watertight.
The spout is a slab bent into a circle and you can see on the bottom of the spout
where the slab edges overlap. The lid is a slab cut into a ring with some coils (not
shown) on top to make a dome on the lid. Three short coils are attached to the
underside of the lid to help hold it steady on top of the teapot.
The term leader-hard refers to the fact that the teapot is still drying - it is now about
dry enough to have a leather-like consistency, but is not fully dry.