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   RUBY SIPPER, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


  • This work is a new development in my Teabag series.
  • It is a ceramic teapot with a basket motif.
  • The title is a play on words conflating the concept of sipping tea and Dorothy's ruby slipper.
  • Construction sequence: First fired to cone 06. Red underglaze applied to the body and the lid. Clear glaze painted on the feet, the handle and the hardware of the purse. Refired to cone 5/6. Ruby and lavender overglazes applied to the body. Fired again to cone 017. Silver lusters applied. Final firing done at cone 017.
  • Exhibited at Dishtopia, Tampa, FL.
  • Date: 2008.
  • Size: 10.0" x 7.0" x 5.0".
  • Sold.

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CREATIVE PROCESS

  • The basket elements for this piece are developed from press mold forms and sculpted components.

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  • Additional structural work involves forming a wheel thrown spout and carved lacy appendages adjacent to the teapot's feet.
  • Handles are to be appended next.

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  • Handles of braided extruded clay are added to complete the basic structural aspects of thsi work.
  • The first firing at cone 06 follows.

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  • Red underglaze is applied to the body and the lid of the teapot. A clear cone  5 glaze is applied to the feet, the handles and the purse hardware in areas where lusters will be added later.
  • The work is refired a second time at cone 5/6.
  • The body of the piece is then given an overglaze coat of opalescent ruby and lavendar coloring.
  • A third firing follows at cone 017.
  • Silver luster is added to the hardware, the handles and the feet.
  • The last firing is done at cone 017.

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  • Handles, hardware and feet take on the intended silver coloration after the final firing.
  • To complete the work, red China paint is used to enhance and intensify the depth of color for the body and the lid.

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  • Ruby Sipper is completed by applying red China paint to further intenify the color of both body and lid.

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