I think the template works fine… I am using a standard buff clay with no intention to fire. I will be ordering up some black earthenware late this week. For now it’s about remembering the wetness of the clay and finding out how thin I can go. This first attempt is rolled to 3mm and to me it feels too thick and in need of refining. The handle is double thickness. I may consider making the handle separate. The thickness of 3mm will lend itself better to the teapots I’ve designed. I will model one out this weekend.