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   TEA TOOTALER, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

   

A teapot in the form of a musical horn.

  • This work is a hand-built teapot in the form of a musical horn. It is made of a combination of self-made admixture of stoneware paperclay for the end panels and stoneware clay for the side panels, a thrown lid with finger stops, and a hand-built handle.
  • Construction sequence: Two silk-screened print images were made for the front and back panels. Each was placed onto a white stoneware slab. The clay was modeled to form the horn. The lid was made of three thrown pieces for the finger stops. Musical notes were sculpted onto the interior surface of the lid. The piece was initially fired to cone 06. Glazing was applied to embellish the horn image on the face panels and to provide a leopard skin pattern to the side panels. Refiring was done to cone 6. Gold luster glaze was then applied. Final firing was to cone 018.
  • Size: 10.0" x 8.25" x 3.0".
  • Date: 2007.
  • Originally intended to be shown by invitation at the 2008 NCECA Conference on the Spirit of New Orleans Music, New Orleans, LA, an exhibition which was canceled because of the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Displayed at Teapot Invitational 2007 Exhibition, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Sold.

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  • This hand-built stoneware teapot was designed to reflect the musical heritage of the people of New Orleans and to commemorate their resolute courage.
  • The side panel of the teapot's body is made of stoneware paperclay. It depicts a musical horn. Finger stops consist of three small wheel-thrown stoneware pieces to serve as the teapot's lid. The interior of the lid is sculpted in the shape of musical notes. The handle is made in two parts: One is cut from the body; the other functions as both the horn's strap and teapot's handle.
  • The silk-screen print image was placed on a slab of white stoneware clay. From this the teapot/horn form was constructed. The process, involving the use of both all-stoneware clay and a stoneware paperclay admixture in the same piece, presented a number of new and exciting challenges from design to implementation.
  • The musical images of the side panels are complemented with leopard skin pattern glazing of the end panels to symbolize courage as well as special contrast, interest and humor.

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