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   JACK IN THE BOX, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

   

Jack in the Box with Jack Russel emerging from decorated box.

  • Hand-built teapot of stoneware and self-made stoneware and porcelain paperclay. Portrait sculpture of a Jack Russell puppy emerging from a box with decorated lid, bottom and side panels.
  • Two panels are made of stoneware paperclay and two of white stoneware clay cone 6. Side panels with images of hydrant, kitty, amorous puppies; bottom with hydrant; and box lid with dog house.
  • The teapot's lid is shaped like a dog bone. It is located between the puppy and the box lid. Press mold used for faux stick handles.
  • Construction sequence: Initially fired to cone 06. Hand painted underglazes to enhance imagery. Refired to cone 5/6. Opalescent overglazes applied. Final firing to cone 017. Acrylic paint used to cold finish the piece.
  • Size: 11.0" x 8.0" x 6.75".
  • Date: 2007.
  • Exhibited at Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA  and Form and Grace and Whimsy, Small Group Show, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA.
  • Available for purchase: Price $900.

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Creative Process

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  • This piece was created with the intent of integrating a composite of images into a synthetic whole.
  • The Jack in the piece is a Jack Russell puppy, an essential component of hte Jack in the Box, playing on the words of the classic box and its occupant.
  • It is adorned with a number of related figures, like hydrant, dog bone, cat, brace of puppies and dog house.
  • Further, the elemental pattern of roof-triangle is repeated on the hydrant, the dog house and the teapot's handle.
  • The handle is made in the form of wooden sticks to reflect the dog's innate love of sticks for chewing and chasing and fetching.

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