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  HANGING TEE POT, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


 

Hanging Tee Pot is configured as a tee-shirt on a hanger with the image of a teapot on the tee-shirt.shirt.
  • This series of hanging teapots consists of ceramic stoneware works made in the form of tee-shirts of various designs. Each is unique.
  • The first work in the set is Hanging Tee Pot, which displays a tee-shirt on a hanger. A two-part latex press mold is made from a plastic hanger. The mold is used to make a hollow ceramic hanger-like object, which will be incorporated into the teapot to serve as both spout and handle. The ceramic tee-shirt is also made from a two-part press mold of a tee-shirt. When tee-shirt and hanger are assembled into a functional teapot, the surfaces are underglazed and fired to cone 06. Additional color enhancements are applied with lusters and layers of China paints. Refiring is done after each layer.
  • Construction sequence:
    • Underglazes are applied and the work is fired to cone 06.
    • More underglazes, including clear glaze to area reserved for lusters.
    • Refiring done to cone 5.
    • Lusters applied and the teapot fired again to cone 018.
    • China paints are air-brushed on the surface in layers.
    • Multiple firing to cone 018 after each paint layer is done.
  • Date: 2011.
  • Size: 10.25" x 9.5" x 2.25".
  • Shown at Maine Art Teachers Exhibition, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME, 2012; Opening Exhibition, Da Vinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth, ME, 2012.
  • Available for purchase: Price $350.

 


ENLARGED VIEWS

 

Enlarged view

 

Enlarged view of rear of piece.

 

Enlarged view showing lid removed.

 

Enlarged and detailed view of lid in place.

 

 


CREATIVE PROCESS

 

           HANGING TEE POT

  

Construction process begins with press mold and hand building.

   

  • A two-part latex press mold is made from a plastic hanger.
  • A hollow ceramic hanger is formed from the press mold.
  • Another two-part press mold of a tee-shirt is used to create a clay tee-shirt.
  • The tee-shirt is "hung" on the preformed hanger, assembled to complete the elemental teapot construction.
  • The hanger's lateral projections form the spout (upturned to the right of the work) and the handle (downturned to the left) of the teapot.

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Constuction nears is followed by drawing of a classic teapot on the tee-shirt front and bock.

  • Image of a teapot is drawn on the front surface of the tee-shirt as the decorative phase begins.

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 Underglazes are applied to embellish the teapot drawings.

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Front and back views with more coloration details applied.

  • Front underglazing design is complete (left); rear underglazing is in progress (right).

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Enhanced coloration completes the work.

  • Hand painted underglazes are applied.
  • Clear glaze is placed in certain specific places where lusters will be added later.
  • The work is fired to cone 5.
  • After the lusters are added, the teapot is refired to cone 018.
  • China paints are air-brushed to enhance the coloration.
  • Firing to cone 018 is done after each layer of paints.

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Final images after additional airbrushed China paint layers have been applied and more firings were done.

  • Delighted with the newly discovered abililty to apply China paints by air-brushing, I explored this innovative and exciting technique in depth by adding a number of layers to modify  the surface imagery still further.
  • The finished design on the tee-shirt is intended to be a trompe l'oeil representation with a three-dimensional realistic view of a teapot on a checkered flooring on both front and back aspects of the ceramic tee-shirt teapot.
  • The teapot was fired to cone 018 after each layer, as before, to complete the work.

 

 

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