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  AROMATIC TEA, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Aromaatic Tea is a ceramic teapot in the form of am antique perfume bottle.
  • The inspiration for the ceramic teapot, Aromatic Tea, is a lovely antique perfume bottle. The work is a fully functional teapot made from stoneware clay.
  • The body and lid are constructed from original slip cast molds. The spout is wheel thrown, altered and carved. The feet are thrown off the hump. The handle is pulled and curved.
  • When the construction phase is completed, the work is allowed to air dry thoroughly to its leather-hard state.
  • After drying is complete, the teapot is subjected to its first kiln firing to cone 04.
  • Successful firing is followed by a series of embellishments to provide decorative elements using underglazes, glazes, and overglazes.
  • Refirings are done after each layer of coloration has been applied to various cone temperatures.
  • Cold finishes complete the work.
  • Construction details:
    • First firing is to cone 04.
    • Sanding is done to smooth all exterior surfaces.
    • Celadon glaze is applied.
    • Another firing is done to cone 5.
    • Gold leaf is applied for decorative touches.
    • Cold finishes, including acrylic paints, complete the work.
  • Displayed at Tea Time Invitational Exhibit, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME, November, 2018-March, 2019
  • Date: 2018.
  • Size: 10.0” x 8.5” x 4.25”.
  • Available for purchase.
  • Price: $250.
 


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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   

 

 

Early phase of construction prior to first firing or the application of glazes.

 

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 Construction phase completed.   

 

  • The lid design is changed to comport more closely with the body form, emulating the perfume bottle upon which this teapot is modeled.
  • Successful kiln firing to cone 04 is followed by decorative coloration.
  • All exterior surfaces are sanded to smooth them in preparation for glazing. A layer of Celadon glaze is applied overall.

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Completed work.

 

  • The teapot is then refired to cone 5.
  • Gold leaf is applied for decorative touches.
  • The work is fired again for the last time to cone 018.
  • Acrylic paint is also applied as a cold finish to enhance coloration.
  • This completes the work.

 


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