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   HALF & HALF, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


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  • This piece is a stoneware teapot sculpted in the form of a crushed milk carton with bovine characteristics, including horns for the lid, a tail for the handle, and an udder for embelishment.
  • It is colored in underglazes to emulate a cowhide pattern.
  • Construction sequence: Initially fired to cone 06. Underglazes and lettering are appiled by air-brushing and painting. Refiring is done to cone 5/6. Opalescent gold luster is applied. Third firing to cone 017. Gold luster applied to the horns. Final refiring to cone 018. Cold finished with gold leaf.
  • Date: 2008.
  • Size: 9.0" x 8.5" x 5.5".
  • Available for purchase: $600.

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  • This stoneware teapot represents a further evolutionary development from the prototype Got Tea?, based on a deconstructed milk carton with bovine attributes, including cowhide pattern, cow's horns, hooves, tail and udder.

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  • As the sculpting phase of this piece progressed, the cow's horns morphed into the teapot's lid.
  • With completion of construction, the work is allowed to dry thoroughly preparatory to its first firing in the kiln at cone 06 temperature.

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  • Design of coloration is more complex and integrated than it was with Got Tea?, aiming at a Pop Art interpretation.
  • The outer surface is glazed in white at first; the interior surface in black. A line of wax is placed on the lip of the pouring spout to ensure it will be pure white.
  • Purple underglazing is air-brushed along with faux cow spots. Lettering is added as well.

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  • After refiring a second time to cone 5/6, opalescent gold luster is applied.
  • The work is then fired a third time to cone 017.
  • Gold luster is applied to the horns.
  • Final firing is done to cone 018.
  • Half & Half is completed with a cold finish of gold leaf.

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