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  SAUCY AUSSIE, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Australian Shepherd emerging from a sneaker to form a functional teapot.
  • This functional teapot is formed in the shape of an Australian Shepherd emerging from a sneaker., comparable to a commissioned work, Mirthful Miranda, but modified.
  • It is a ceramic teapot that is hand-built of stoneware clay. The teapot base is fashioned in the form of a sneaker using slab construction. The dog is sculpted from a block of clay, hollowed to prevent expansion damage during kiln firing. The teapot's handles are extruded flat clay strips that morph from the sneaker's laces and embed near the shoe toes. The dog's snout doubles as the teapot's spout. A press mold and carved dog bone is the teapot's lid, located behind the dog's rump at the top front aspect of the running shoe's lacings.
  • Construction sequence:
  • Displayed at Fired Up National Juried Exhibition, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME, 2015.
  • Date: 2013.
  • Size: 10.5" x 9.0" x 3.5"   
  • Sold.

 

 

 


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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

 

 

 

Early stage of ceramic construction showing the sneaker formed teapot from which Miranda is emerging .   

  • These are images of the early phase of construction of this stoneware clay ceramic teapot.
  • The Austrailan Shepherd is sculpted and hollowed to prevent damage during later kiln firing. It is made to appear to be emerging from a running shoe. In addition, the dog's snout is opened just above the protruding tongue to create a spout for the teapot.
  • The running shoe is also made of stoneware clay, hand-built by the slab construction method. The slabs are cut to fit  preformed tagboard patterns, joined by score and slip technique, and modified by altering, carving and sculpting.
  • The shoe is adorned with clay sole and heel, decorative canvass sides, and front lacing. Extruded clay strips are added for the handles, which are applied to appear as if morphing from the shoe's lacings and distally embedded into the toe of the shoe.
  • A press mold is made from an actual dog bone to serve as the teapot's lid. The lid is attached just behind the dog's rump at the top front of the shoe where the laces become the handles.

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Coloration begins with underglazes.

  • After the construction phase is completed, the surfaces are decorated with underglazes, shown here in an early phase.

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Continuing the application of glazes after the first kiln firing. 

  • After the first firing to cone 6, glazing continues to bring out details and enhance coloration previously applied.

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Coloration is enhanced with overglazes and China paints.

 

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