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  STEAMPUNK TEACLOCK, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


 

Teaclock is a teapot in the form of a vintage clock.
  • Steampunk Teaclock is a teapot in the form of an old alarm clock in the Steampunk art style, an amalgam of the Victorian era industrial technology and the whimsical irony of punk reactionary distortion. This work is the first of a series of vintage clock teapots. It continues my affinity for mixing procelain substrate Keraflex with cone 10 stoneware clay body, using the lamination technique.
  • The teapot's body is made by slab construction entirely out of stoneware clay. The spout and feet are thrown and altered. The handle is of extruded clay. The lid and the bell ringers are also thrown.
  • The clockface is formed of a square porcelain tile that is photo silk-screened as a six-part process in six different colors with the image of a vintage clock. The back face is decorated as a four-color separation silk-screen of a composite of various clocks and clock gears. The square porcelain panels are cut to fit the flat round front and back faces of the teapot. Both panels are subsequently embellished with detail and enhanced coloration by clear and colored glazes, lusters, and layers of China paints.
  • The work is fired multiple times, especially between layers of China paints.
  • Construction sequence:
    • First fired to cone 04.
    • Black underglaze is applied to the entire surface of the teapot, except the bells, the surfaces of which are sealed with a clear glaze.
    • Refired to cone 10.
    • Laminated Keraflex components are fixed in place on the front  and back faces.
    • Another firing to cone 10 is then done.
    • Lusters of gold and mother of pearl are added to the face and back panels.
    • Fired yet again to cone 018.
    • Layers of patina and gold leaf gilding are added as cold finish to provide a vintage appearance.
    • Small bits of gold leaf and variegated red metal leaf are also applied for the same purpose.
  • Displayed at Teapot Invitational Show Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery.
  • Date: 2012.
  • Dimensions: 12.5" x 6.5" x 4.5".
  • Sold to The Cafesjian Foundation for permanent display at the museum of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia.
 

 

 


ENLARGED VIEWS

 

 

Teaclock is a teapot in the form of a vintage clock.

 

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

Early construction phase of Teaclock.    

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Silk-screened circular tile to serve as the clockface.

Rearview of clockface.

 

  • A  square tile of Keraflex porcelain substrate is photo silk-screened as a six-part process in six different colors.
  • When the image transfer is complete, the square tile is trimmed to a circle (upper image) to fit as the clockface on the teapot clock.
  • A similar photo silk-screening, as a four-color process, is done on another tile (square to begin with, as shown in lower image, and then cut to a circle), to illustrate a collage of gears and vintage clocks, for use on the back face.

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Firing the work for the first time prepares it for glazing and other embellishments.

  • After thorough drying, the piece is now fired for the first time at cone 04. This prepares it to safely accept various embellishments of the surface design.
  • After successful bisque firing, the entire surface (except for the bell ringers) is covered with black glaze. The surfaces of the bell ringers are sealed with clear glaze.
  • Both of the previously decorated porcelain tiles are affixed to the front and back teapot base faces as lamination by means of the score and slip method.

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Extensive glazing for enhanced color and detail as the work nears completion.

 

  • Sequential embellishments for enhanced coloration and details are added, including glazes, lusters and China paints.
  • Multiple firings to cone 10 are done after each layer of color.
  • Subsequent cold finishes include patina of gold and mother of pearl lusters, gold leaf, and variegated red metal leaf to provide the appearance of a genuine vintage clock.

 

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