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  TWISTED TEA, A CERAMIC TEAPOT


Twisted Tea, A Ceramic Teapot
  • This is the second iteration on the accordion teapot theme. Like the first in the series, Sip Tea Accordionly, I envisioned a teapot that was hand built almost entirely from stoneware clay. It was modeled in detail from tagboard templates to facilitate forming the pattern I had in mind. Stoneware clay construction, involving slab technique, wheel throwing, extrusion and carving, was done. But the first clay design turned out to be large and bulky in appearance and excessively weighty. I was unhappy with how it turned out and was contemplating starting over again from scratch. However, it occurred to me to try to salvage it, particulalry after all the work I had already done for its early construction phase.
  • To achieve a more delicate and interesting work of art, I proceeded to hollow it out much more than previously., making the teapot walls as thin as possible, yet sturdy. I added a wheel-thrown spout, extruded handles and a press mold lid; I felt the lid was only temporary until a new lid, more in keeping with the delicacy of the new piece, could be designed and created. I also conceived of making the accordion into a vertical object.
  • In order to accomplish this metamorphosis, it was necessary to disassemble the work into segments that could be stacked one atop another and fixed permanently in place by score and slip method, reshaping the segments as needed for balance and stability.
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  • Date: 2019.
  • Size: 13.75 ” x 14.0” x 9,5”. [Measurements to be modified after last firing is completed.]
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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   

 

Preliminary tagboard layout.

 

  • The pattern is worked out using tagboard templates to build a temporary model for the clay work I had in mind.
  • The black keyboard sharp keys are painted in.

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First iteration is too large, bulky and indelicate.

 

  • Construction of the clay teapot using the tagboard template model results in a work that seems too bulky and heavy in weight and design.
  • After contemplating beginning anew, I decide to try to salvage the teapot by thoroughly reworking it into a smaller, more lightweight and delicate piece.

First iteration is too large, bulky and indelicate.

 

  • I deconstruct the art work in order to hollow out the teapot chamber and other components as much as feasible.
  • In addition, I want to try to make the piece into a vertical structure. This requires slicing it apart into horizontal segments, using a double-handled wire knife, and reshaping the resulting parts so they can be stacked in a well-balanced and stable form.
  • A temporary lid is made by press mold; I plan to redesign it to make it more compatible in design to that of the lighter weight teapot now being made.
  • Handles are construced from extruded clay. The pouring spout is wheel-thrown and altered.
  • All the parts are reassembled permanently using the score and slip method.
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