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     HOT DIG-IT-TEA DOG, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

 

Hot-Dig-It_Tea Dog is a ceramic teapot in the form of a Dachshund puppy.

  • This stoneware teapot is an advance on a prior work, Tea-nie Weenie, with a number of major and minor differences.
  • The purse is more elongated. The Dachshund puppy's sculpted head and legs are larger. Its face is changed and enhanced in detail. More folds appear in the side panels, accentuating the large barrel front frame of the dog's chest. The tail is made longer and narrower.
  • Handbag surface, handle and tail are press mold for the Western tooled leather look. Head and feet are sculpted.
  • Construction sequence:
    • First fired to cone 06.
    • Black underglaze applied to purse's outer surface and rubbed off with a sponge to enhance the faux leather tooling effect.
    • Hand-painted details applied to the dog and the bag with brown underglazes. This is done with dry brush technique, taking special care to avoid marring the lovely patterning of the tooled interstices previously created.
    • Black glossy glaze is applied to the interior chamber of the teapot to make it nonporous, watertight and, therefore, functional.
    • Refired to cone 5/6.
    • Golden opalescent overglaze applied.
    • Third firing to cone 017.
    • Lusters to hardware of vessel, buttons and clasp.
    • Fourth firing to cone 018.
    • Clear gloss glaze to eyes. Cold finished with cubic zirconium crystals to the collar and crushed turquoise to the buckle clasp for an inlay appearance.
  • Shown at The Art of Tea, an invitational show at Metropolitan Art Center (VisArts), Rockville, MD
  • Date: 2009.
  • Size: 7.25" x 17.5" x 5.0".
  • Sold.

   ENLARGED VIEWS

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  CREATIVE PROCESS

Creative process illustrated.

  • The teapot body is constructed of clay slabs in an elongated form that will serve to simultaneously portray the long Dachshund's body and a similarly designed purse. It is intended to be longer than its predecessor, Tea-nie Weenie. 
  • Modified cording is also added. The lid is made in the form of a dog bone.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • A sculpted puppy's head and an extruded handle are added.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Paws are fashioned and added. They are made large to portray an immature puppy and match the large head. Fine details are carved into the dog's face. Faux Western-style leather design is incised onto the purse exterior.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • The face is embellished with the addition of delicate features to give the puppy personality and interest.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • All construction detail work is completed with the addition of a leather collar in clay. The piece is allowed to dry thoroughly before its first kiln firing to cone 06.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Underglazing is applied to bring out the vintage Western-style leather tooling design on the body, handle and tail..
  • The work is now ready for its second firing to cone 5/6.

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Creative process illustrated.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Cold finishes are applied to complete the work.
  • Crushed turquoise inlay forms the purse's buckle.

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