Banner: Porcelain Grace, Meryl Ruth, Fine Art

 

   GOT TEA?, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


   

Click for enlargements.

  • This work is a hand-built stoneware teapot in the form of a partially-crushed milk container embellished with bovine elements.
  • It is patterned in faux cowhide. An extruded cow's tail serves as the teapot's handle; a press mold knob cap is the lid; and an udder is placed at its base.
  • Construction sequence:
        Fired initially to cone 06.
        Hand-painted underglazes added to exterior surfaces and white cone 6 glaze to interior.
        Refired to cone 6.
        Cold finished with overglazes of enamels, acrylic paints and waxes.
  • Exhibited at a student-teacher show in Portland, ME; also shown at Form and Grace and Whimsy, Small Group Show, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA.
  • Size: 6.0" x 6.75" x 3.25".
  • Date: 2008.
  • Available for purchase: Price $500.

     ENLARGED VIEWS

Enlarged view

Back to top     

Enlarged view

Back to top     

Enlarged view

Back to top     

Enlarged view

Back to top     


CREATIVE PROCESS

Click for more process details.

  • This hand-built ceramic teapot was inspired by the work of one of my more talented students, Leah, who created Elsie in response to an assignment.
  • Our interchanges generated mutually stimulating ideas for developing the theme. We agreed to work together on parallel projects for a local student-teacher exhibtion.
  • Early thoughts for my work suggested a reclining milk carton as a goal, but this would have required a much longer version of the carton. The form was tweaked to curve and disort it as if partially collapsed. Also contemplated was a faux cowhide pattern, an udder, a milk carton knob for the opening, and a strong, tall handle.
  • Friends urged me to include a photo of a missing dog, analogous to the images of missing children so often found on milk cartons. Using a cow photo instead and a plea for a missing cow seemed more appealing for integrating the several milk, cow and carton related concepts together. While this latter is a means for injecting a touch of humor into the subject of the piece, it is not my intention to diminish in any way the intrinsic value of serious messages concerning missing children.

Back to top     

Click for more process details.

  • Further development of this piece involved carving the structure to create hooves.
  • An extruded handle is supplemented by carving to make it flow from the carton in tail-like fashion.
  • The teapot's lid is formed of a press mold knob.
  • An udder is added to supplement the design of the bottom of the vessel.

Back to top     

Click for more process details.

  • The flowing tail component supplements the handle of the teapot.
  • The cap, which is the teapot's lid, is modified.
  • The udder at the bottom of the piece is sculpted. It serves as a surprise finding.
  • This completes the structural construction prior to the first firing.

Back to top     

Click for more process details.

  • After successful firing, coloration is applied to create the faux cowhide pattern with underglazes.
  • The internal surfaces are glazed with white glossy cone 5/6 glaze to make the piece functionally utilitarian.

Back to top     

Click for more process details.

  • Underglazing concludes with color added to the hooves.
  • The work is signed in the area surrounding the udder on the undersurface of the piece.
  • It is now ready for its second firing.

Back to top     

Click for detailed views.

Back to top     


DETAILED VIEWS *

Click to return to main object detail page for this work.