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   TEA-MOBILE, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


   

Tea-Mobile is a ceramic teapot in the form of a vintage Kettle Phone, mounted on wheels.


  • Tea-mobile is a hand-built stoneware teapot in the form of a vintage Kettle Phone placed on sculpted ceramic wheels. 
  • The receiver section is the handle.
  • The spout is integrated into the dial.
  • Red underglaze coloration, designed in consultation with the buyer who commissioned the work, is supplemented with black and faux chrome finish.
  • Construction sequence:
    • Initially fired to cone 06.
    • Red, black and clear underglazes are applied to the surfaces.
    • Refired again to cone 6.
    • Chrome lusters applied.
    • Final firing to cone 018.
  • Date: 2008.
  • Size: 7.0" x 8.5" x 8.0".
  • A commissioned work.
  • Sold.

    


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  CREATIVE PROCESS

Creative process illustrated.

  • The hollowed base of Tea-Mobile is formed from precut patterned clay slabs.
  • The base is constructed in the shape of a vintage Kettle Phone.
  • The upper opening is modeled to accommodate the telephone receiver designed to be the teapot's handle.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Construction of the telephone receiver requires throwing the speaker and receiver components separately.
  • The tooled portion of the receiver is worked on using a chuck, a thrown base to hold the item in place while it is being tooled.
  • The receiver is progressively assembled as its various parts are fused together.
  • The receiver will serve as the teapot's handle.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • The piece is serially developed as the parts of the receiver are fixed to each other.
  • The receiver is then permanently attached to the telephone base.
  • Tea-Mobile is shown with the completed receiver in place as a handle for the teapot.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • A template is designed for the four wheels that are to be made and attached to the base of Tea-Mobile, to serve as "feet" for the finished ceramic work. .
  • The wheel's spokes are formed by sculpting.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • The pre-modeled wheels are attached to the base of the Kettle Phone to form its feet. 
  • Beginnings of the "dial" on the front surface of the base are undertaken. This is where the teapot's spout will be located.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Before the spout is thrown, its size is determined by caliper measurements.
  • The hollowed spout is thrown "off the hump" a term describing the use of a partial segment of clay taken from a larger mound of clay on the wheel.
  • The spout is allowed to dry or "set up." 
  • A small hole is cut in the base in the center of the dial to accommodate the spout.
  • The spout is altered by bending and then fixed in place.
  • A slice is cut from the top of the spout using a tissue knife.
  • Dial buttons are extruded, carved and added to the base.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • A ceramic curlicue cording is also added to enhance the work.
  • The teapot's lid at the rear of the receiver segment is formed with a faux "disconnect button," which serves as its handle (seen in the close-up image, above).
  • The piece, whose sculpting phase is now complete, is dried thoroughly prior to its first kiln firing at cone 06.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • After a first successful firing of Tea-Mobile at cone 06, coloration is begun with red and black underglazing applied. 
  • Some surface areas are left unglazed where clear glaze will be used in anticipation of adding a luster prior to refiring the piece at a lower temperature.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Clear glaze is applied to the wheel spokes and the spout. These are the areas to which chrome lusters will be applied later.
  • Red and black underglazes are hand-painted onto the remainder of the piece.
  • The bottom of the work is signed and dated in clay by the artist. 
  • Tea-Mobile is now ready for its second firing to cone 6.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • After application of the chrome luster, Tea-Mobile is subjected to its final firing at cone 017.
  • Additional detailed cold finish touches complete the work.

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