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   PEKING GOLDEN LO MEIN, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

   

  • Hand-built of whte stoneware clay cone 6.
  • The Golden Retriever puppy is sculpted.
  • The container is made of slabs of clay.
  • The wooden sticks of the handle are press molded.
  • The lid is formed of a flat slab of clay molded into the shape of a fortune cookie.
  • Construction sequence:     Fired initially to cone 06. Underglazes applied. Refired to cone 6. Overglazes and lusters applied. Refired to cone 017.     Cold finished with gold lustser. Final firing to cone 018.
  • Exhibited at Craftsman House Invitational Teapot Show, St. Petersburg, FL and Form and Grace and Whimsy, Small Group Show, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA.
  • Date: 2008.
  • Size: 10.5" x 9.0" x 7.0".
  • Available for purchase: Price $900.

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CREATIVE PROCESS   

  • This hand-built stoneware teapot is created in the form of a Chinese take-out container with a carved Golden Retriever puppy struggling to emerge from the lo mein noodles within.
  • The crushed container reflects the large dog's size, weight and energy.
  • The handle isnewly designed of press mold double faux wooden sticks.
  • The fortune strip protruding from the fortune cookie lid behind the dog's head reads "Dogs are people too."
  • My objective here was to portray dance-like fluidity and liveliness.
  • Part of the whimsy and wordplay of the piece focuses on its protruding tail "Peking" through the back of the container.
  • This teapot was created specifically for exhibition at Craftsman House Invitational Teapot Show, St. Petersburg, FL.

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