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  JUST(ICE) IN CASE, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Just(ice) in Case is a ceramic teapot in the form of a suitcase decorated with #MeToo themed decals.
  • This work, entitled Just(ice) in Case, represents a further evolution of my #MeToo series. It is a ceramic teapot made from stoneware  clay. It is in the form of a piece of luggage such as one prepared in advance by a victim of spousal abuse who is about to flee from an unbearably abusive environment. 
  • Decorative elements consist of original decals depicting variations of Rosie the Riveter with her fist held high in defiance. The models for these images are more diversified ethnically than those in my prior works in this theme, Me Too Tea (a ceramic art work) and You-knit-tea (a fiber art work), including women of color and other minority groups, some dressed in hijab and others wearing the now famously symbolic "pink pussy" hats. 
  • The teapot/suitcase is formed by slab construction from low-fire white clay. The spout is made of thrown clay and altered. The lid is slip cast from an original mold. The handle is slab constructed.. Surface hardware, cording and legs are sculpted and permanently affixed by the score and slip method.
  • The work is allowed to air dry thoroughly to its leather-hard state before firing to cone 04.
  • Decorative additions and coloration is then begun. Refiring is done to cone 05.
  • Serious damage occurred during the kiln firing, The piece was begun again with fresh low-fire white clay, chosen to reduce the risk of warping and cracking. All the aforementioned steps were repeated, Greater care was also used to hollow the work uniformly in an effort to prevent another adverse kiln event.
  • Original decals are first cut up and then rearranged and applied by kiln firing to the front and back panels.
  • The hardware in the corner areas and the lid are colored in gold luster.
  • The teapot is fired for the last time to cone 018.
  • Construction details (second iteration):   
    • Slab construction is used for the body of the suitcase and the handle. The spout is wheel thrown and altered, The lid is made from an original slip mold. The faux hardware is sculpted.
    • The work is air dried to the leather-hard state.
    • The teapot is first kiln firing to cone 04.
    • A black low-fire glossy glaze is applied to both inner and outer surfaces, except for the front and back panels.
    • The front and back panels are painted with a white low-fire glossy glaze. 
    • The teapot is refired to cone 05 with a satisfactory result this time.
    • Original decals, depicting women reacting to oppression, are affixed to the front and back panels by kiln firing.
    • Gold luster is used to color the faux hardware in the corners of the suitcase and on the teapot's lid.
    • A final firing is done to cone 018. This completes the work.
    • Date: 2018.
    • Size: 15.5” x 14.0” x 6.0”.
    • Price: $1200.
 

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ENLARGED VIEWS

 

Enlarged view

Enlarged view

 

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   

 

Early phase with completed construction.

 

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Side panel decals in detailed view. s

 

  • After successful kiln firing, decorative embellishment commences.
  • Exterior surfaces are glazed overall in glossy black glaze, except for the front and back panels.
  • A white glossy glaze is applied to the front and back panels.
  • Original decals are cut and arranged on the front and back panels, as shown here. They are affixed in place by refiring.

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Completed work.

 

 

  • Additional glazing and a final firing to cone 018 follow.
  • Gold luster is applied to the faux hardware and lid.

 


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