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   TEA-NIE WEENIE, A CERAMIC TEAPOT

 

 

A teapot in the form of a Dachshund in a leather handbag.

  • This piece is a hand-built teapot made of white stoneware clay. The head and the paws are sculpted; the tail, the dog bone and the handle are made by press mold.
  • The teapot's spout is the tail. Its lid is formed in the shape of a dog bone.The faux leatherwork pattern of the body of the bag and the tail are press mold.
  • Construction sequence: First fired to cone 06. Interior surface coated with black glaze. Black underglaze applied and wiped off the external surfaces to expose the color within the crevices of the faux leather tooling. Air-brushed with orange and brown underglazes. Refired to cone 6. Overglazes of orange and brown then applied. Third firing to cone 17. Gold luster applied to the clasp and the snaps. Clear gloss painted on the nose and the eyes. Final firing to cone 018. Cold finishes added, including acrylic and enamel paints, colored wax and Baroque gilding.
  • Size: 8.25" x 13.0" x 4.5".
  • Date: 2007.
  • A commissioned work.
  • Sold to a NC collector.

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Creative Process

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  • This purse was uniquely designed to integrate the body of the Dachshund puppy. The buyer, a North Carolina collector and dear family friend, selected the design from preliminary sketches that were made at her request to depict a Dachshund to memorialize her deceased pet.
  • The bag's leather-like exterior appearance was fashioned to mimic an old vintage Western tooled leather handbag. I bought one on an e-Bay auction and deconstructed it in order to create several new plaster press molds for this piece.
  • Glazing involved use of a black underglaze that was then mostly wiped away to expose black outlines in all textured areas. These colored crevices were then filled in. Orange and brown glazes were air-brushed onto the remaining surfaces to embellish its texture and design. The interior of the teapot was glazed in black to make it tea-proof.

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