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  VICE VERSA-CHI TEA, A CERAMIC TEAPOT AND TEACUPS


Illustration of Vice Versa-Chi Tea, a ceramic teapot in the form of a Versace purse, with two matching teacups.

  • This ceramic teapot is a further variation of the theme undertaken previously with Black Cherry Tea, in which the teapot takes on the form of a high-end Versace handbag.
  • By contrast, however, this bag is intended to be far more animated and structurally stressed, as if by usage, and given the design and coloration of a mod 2960's pattern with dancing feet.
  • The piece is accompanied by matching teacups to mirror the structural and design elements.
  • Its name is a complex wordplay of vice (the sin of vanity), Versace (the bag), versatility, vice versa, chi (the Chinese principle of nature) and tea (teabag, a composite of teapot and handbag).
  • This stoneware clay piece is entirely hand-built, except for its wheel-thrown and altered spout.
  • Construction sequence:
  • Displayed at Opening Exhibition, Da Vinci Experience Art Gallery, Falmouth, ME, 2012.
  • Date: 2009.
  • Size: 13.0" x 13.0" x 8.0".
  • Sold to a Hong Kong buyer.

 

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Enlarged view of Vice Versa-Chi Tea.

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Enlarged view of Vice Versa-Chi Tea

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Enlarged view of Vice Versa-Chi Tea.

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  CREATIVE PROCESS

Creative process illustrated.

  • Preliminary sketch of this piece shows anticipated design details of the Versace-type handbag.
  • Anthropomorphic features have been added, such as the diminutive feet.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • The body of this piece is constructed from clay slabs rolled out and cut to the size and shape.of cardboard templates.
  • They are pieced together and held in place by the templates until dry enough to stand alone.
  • Additional clay segments form the clasp handles.
  • Extruded clay is used for the piping.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Further structural elaboration is achieved.
  • This includes the addition of clasp, fringe, feet, spout, handles and lid.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • A set of four teacups accompanies Vice Versa-Chi Tea. They are individually designed and executed in stoneware clay.
  • They are intended to match and complement the teapot in structural design and coloration.
  • The cups are wheel thrown with thrown handles. The basees are press molded from lace templates.
  • Matching saucers are planned as well.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • After its first firing to cone 06, Vice Versa-Chi Tea is prepared for underglazing.
  • Glazes are applied to the side panels in spiral form, beginning the mod design intended for this piece.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Underglazing is applied to the teacups.
  • The coloration and style of the underglazing is intended to match and complement the design on the teapot.

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Creative process illustrated.

  • Additional underglazing is applied to embellish the purse and its handles, lid and feet.
  • This completes the overall design elements prior to the second firing.

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