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   TWO SNOUTS AND A SPOUT, A CERAMIC TEAPOT  


  • This stoneware teapot represents a design advance over its predecesssor, Circus Snouts. Among the principal modifications made, the balance of the piece is improved by enlarging and weighting the base.
  • The teapot body is formed of a single extruded tubular clay form. The Dachshund heads appended at the ends of the tubular body are sculpted with elongated snouts. The sculpted lid is in the form of a dog bone.
  • A commercial tile is modified to provide stability to the base.
  • Construction sequence:
  • Size: 12.0" x 16.0" x 6.0".
  • Date: 2009
  • Featured at First Street Gallery International Juried Show, New York, NY.
  • Displayed at River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Sold.

                                                       

This teapot is a tubular structure with Dachshund heads and tile base.


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   ENLARGED VIEWS

Enlarged view.

Enlarged view.

Enlarged view.

Enlargement of one of the Dachshund heads.

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  CREATIVE PROCESS

Beginnings of construction with tubular form on sturdy base.

  • This is a further development based on a prior work, Circus Snouts, modified in a number of important structural and design ways.
  • One basic issue with the prototype was suboptimal balance caused by its lightweight base structure. The new piece, therefore, was designed to ensure better balance by enhancing the weight  of the base attaching several large thrown elements together. The heavier base thereby lowered the center of gravity to prevent tipping,
  • Further, the body of the original version was formed of two split components plus a number of thrown pieces to form a somewhat busily labored work. By contrast, this body is formed from a single extruded tube, intended to provide a simpler, sleeker feel with greater fluidity.
  • My intention, moreover, is to exaggerate the length of the dog's snouts.

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The puppy heads are attached to the tubular base.

  • The Dachshund heads are separately sculpted.
  • They are appended to opposite ends of the tubular body form.

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More advanced construction with puppy heads modified and spout attached.

  • A spout is added to the front face of the tubular body.
  • Additional sculptural details are applied to the dog faces.

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Double handle in form of dogs' tails added.

  • Two parallel handles for the teapot are formed from long extruded clay ropes.
  • They are appended to represent curved arches of the dogs' tails.

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Lid in dog bone image is added.

  • A lid is made by slip cast molding in the form of a dog bone.
  • It is fitted into the opening made for it in the center of the tubular teapot body.

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Coloration is begun with underglazes.

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Additional underglazes applied after bisque firing.

  • The work has now been bisque fired at cone 06.
  • Additional layers of underglazes are applied to enhance the coloration.

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Completed work after cold finishes have been applied.

  • After an additional refiring to cone 015, cold finishes are applied. They include the use of Baroque stains and the application of gold leaf and colored waxes.
  • These embellishments and the addition of a prefabricated commercial tile to ensure stability of the base conclude the work on this piece.

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  DETAILED VIEWS *

Detailed views of portions of this piece are shown.