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   PINK PEARL PUGGETBOOK, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

   

A teabag consisting of a teapot in the form of a designer bag with two Pugs emerging.

  • This hand-built teapot was made of cone 6 stoneware clay and self-made stoneware paperclay.
  • Press mold was used for the front and back panels to create the faux quilted textured surface.
  • The feet and spout were wheel thrown and then altered to fit the structural design. The Pug heads were sculpted of stoneware clay.
  • Press mold faux zippers simulated openings from which the puppies' heads emerged.
  • The lid was formed from a press mold of dog bone.
  • Construction sequence: Fired to cone 96. Underglazes applied by air-brushing and hand-painting. Refired to cone 6. Opalescent ruby lusters applied. Refired to cone 017. Gold luster applied to zippers. Final firing to cone 018. Cold finishes applied, including acrylic paints and colored pencil. Fresh water ruby pearls added to the quliting interstices.
  • Size: 11.0" x 11.0" x 6.5".
  • Date: 2007.
  • Shown at Work in Hand exhibit, Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME; and Teapot Invitational Exhibit, Morgan Glassworks Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Sold.

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Creative Process

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  • This piece represents the prototype for a new development pathway for me, a line of art work called Puggetbooks. The name is a play on the words Pug and pocketbook.
  • These works feature portraits of the toy breed of Chinese Pugs, whose consistent attributes of playfulness, intelligence, charm, devotion and stubbornness make them particularly attractive as pets.
  • This work is designed as a functional Teabag, a teapot in the form of a purse, with images of Pug puppies emerging from within. It is intended to show the wit and whimsy of the combination of subjects, specifically the fancifully quilited handbag and the contrastingly cuddly animal forms.

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