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  DOMESTICI-TEA, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Domestici-tea is a further modification in the series of antique sewing machines in ceramic teapot form.
  • This is the second in a series of hand-built ceramic teapots using the theme of an antique sewing machine. Like its predecessor, Treadle Kettle, it was designed to reflect various aspects of the machine while artistically modifying its original structure. It differs from the prior version, however, in a number of design features. These include the following: The spout is made much longer so it more closely resembles the actual arm length of a functional sewing machine; the spout is also tapered more at its distal end. The lid (serving double duty as the thread spool) sits more sturdily atop the teapot compartment (its upright base) to avoid tilt distortion during kiln firing; and the handle (the sewing machine wheel) is more substantially remodeled.
  • As in the prior iteration, the sewing machine’s base is detachable from the teapot to enhance the teapot's functionality. Other measures taken to faciltate functionality with regard to handling and pouring are the work's light weight and structural balance.
  • Plaster molds are used for the sewing machine body. Its two sides are then scored and slipped to fuse them together; details are sculpted. The spool of thread is the teapot’s lid; it is made from a slip cast mold of a spool of thread and then modified by sculpting. The wheel of the sewing machine, serving as the teapot's handle, is made from extruded clay and sculpted free hand. The sturdy base consists of a clay slab shaped into a box-like form that is kept light in weight for ease and safety in firing, thereby avoiding the risk of slumping during kiln firings.
  • Once the construction phase is done, the work is allowed to air-dry to the greenware state. It is then fired to cone 04. A  coating of black underglaze is applied to the body and the base. Refiring is done several times more after applications of decorative silk-screened decals, lusters and China paints
  • Construction details:   
    • The work is initially fired to cone 04.
    • Black underglaze is applied to body and base.
    • Refiring is done to cone 5.
    • Teapot and base are glazed with low-firing satin black glaze.
    • Another firing to cone 05 follows.
    • Specially-designed, hand-made decals are silk-screened in advance.
      They are applied to the teapot and the base.
    • A  fourth firing uses a special self-programmed firing process into the kiln computer to provide slow gentle heating and cooling.
    • Metallic luster glazes are applied to handle, base plate and other hardware located on treadle plate and teapot.
    • A  fifth firing is done to cone 018.
    • Purple China paints are applied to the clay spool of thread.
    • The final kiln firing is also to cone 018.
    • Date: 2016.
    • Size: 10.0” x 10.0” x 6.5”.
    • Sold.
 

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ENLARGED VIEWS

 

Enlarged view.

 

Enlarged view.

 

Enlarged view.

 

 

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   

 

 

Early construction phase of Domestici-tea, a ceramic teapot in the form of a modified sewing machine.

  • Early construction phase of the ceramic stoneware teapot formed in the shape of a semi-abstract sewing machine.
  • Hand-built of stoneware clay with clay slab for the base, wheel thrown handle (serving as the wheel of the sewing machine), sculpted spout (machine arm) and lid (thread spool).

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Advanced decorative phase of Domestici-tea.

 

  • Advanced phase at completion with decorative colored silk-screened medallions. Glazes, metallic lusters and clay decals are also added.
  • Multiple firings are needed between applications of these embellishments.

 


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