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  FIDDLESTICKS, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Teapot in form of a distorted violin with Western style gear.
  • This hand-built stoneware teapot is a commissioned ceramic work. It evolved conceptually and structurally by integration of the buyer's desires and constraints and my own artistic ideas. The buyer was interested in recreating a modified verson of my work, Fit as a Fiddle, which had already been sold. Size was important to her, imposing height limits of 10.5 to 10.75 inches, width of 8.5 inches, and base of 4.0 inches, all dictated by the available space she had for displaying the piece. The relatively small overall size for such a detailed work proved to be especially challenging.
  • Other specifications included its coloration, aiming for use of turquoise for belt, scarf and boots, and redder hues for the violin. In addition, she did not want me to include guns, holsters or spurs. While these changes were feasible, I knew I was facing difficulty in trying to include so many intricate details in such a small ceramic object.
  • Aside from these changes, the buyer left the realization of design, sculpting and glazing to my own artistic preferences and discretion.
  • The teapot is hand-built by slab construction technique. Extruded clay strips form the outer trim of the violin. The boots are added after they are sculpted. A slip-cast tuning peg is used as the teapot's lid. The remaining tuning pegs are made from segments of black Fimo clay that have been sculpted and oven baked. They are then affixed in place.
  • After the work is fired in bisque state, the surfaces are sanded to accommodate the application of glazes.
  • Overglazes and China paints are applied to bring out the wood grain, black scroll, blue neckerchief, belt and boots. The work is fired twice more, followed by cold finishes with metal lusters and China paints.
  • Construction Sequence:
    • First firing is done to cone 04.
    • Underglazes and China paints applied.
    • Refiring follows at cone 05.
    • Further coloration is added for enhancement and details.
    • Final firing to cone 5/6.
    • Cold finishes with China paints and metal lusters complete the work.
  • Date: 2013.
  • Size:  10.5" x  3.5" x   8.0" .
    A commissioned work.
  • Sold.

 


ENLARGED VIEWS

 

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

Early construction using slab technique.   

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More advanced construction phase.    

  • Further constuction development includes the addition of a belt and buckle as well as a kerchief.
  • These are formed from clay slabs by altering and sculpting to achieve the desired forms.
  • The work is allowed to air dry to leather-hard state, and then fired to cone 06.

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Nearly completed work has been decorated with glazes and China paints, ready for its final firing.

 

  • Additional coloration is applied with underglazes and China paints to enhance and provide details before a second firing to cone 05.
  • Overglazes and China paints are used to bring out the wood grain, black scroll, and blue neckerchief, belt and boots.
  • Final firing is done at this point to cone 5/6.

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Finalized work after firing and additional decorative additions.

 

  • After firing, additional cold finishes are added for details and enhancement with China paints and metal lusters to complete the work.

 

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