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   SEA GIR-RAFT
   

Sea Gir-Raft is a ceramic teapot in the form of a raft surmounted by sails and a seahorse.

  • Press mold for the seahorse body; then carved and sculpted.
  • Seahorse is patterned in a naturally-occurring giraffe design.
  • Raft logs are fashioned of paperclay that was previously press molded to provide a wooden texture.
  • Entire piece is hollow with spout emerging from pillow sail. The raft houses the teapot lid.
  • Constructions sequence: Fired to cone 06. Underglazes and gold matte glaze applied. Refired to cone 6. Opalescent overglazes applied. Final firing to cone 017. Beading added.
  • Size: 10.5" x 13.5" x 10.0".
  • Date: 2006.
  • Shown at Inspired Hands III Exhibition, Lewiston, ME.
  • Featured at Houston Potters Guild, Clay Art and Craft Museum, Houston, TX.
  • Richella Robinson Memorial Award 2007.
  • Sold to a Texas buyer.

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Creative Process

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  • This piece is hand-built of a new medium, paperclay, which is an admixture of clay and paper pulp. It is much stronger, lighter in weight, and more versatile than stoneware or porcelain clay. It is also very forgiving during the delicate and hazardous process of kiln firing. When finished, it is less prone to damage during handling and shipping than ordinary clay.
  • The seahorse is glazed in a giraffe design, one of the several variants that seahorses assume in nature.
  • The seahorse is surmounted on a log raft. The logs consist of rolled paperclay which has first been given a wooden texture by press mold. The hollow pillow sail is attached to the body of the seahorse. The seahorse's tail forms the teapot's handle. The spout arises from the center of the sail. The teapot's lid is built into the raft's surface.

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