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A teapot in the for of a sneaker with a Chihuahua puppy emerging.

  • The sneaker portion of this teapot is hand-built of a self-made admixture of porcelain paperclay.
  • The Chihuahua puppy's head emerging from within is sculpted of white stoneware clay.
  • Shoe laces are morphed to become larger and sturdier to serve as the teapot's handle.
  • Construction sequence: Fired initially to cone 06. Underglazes applied. White polka dots are added to the laces. Refired to cone 6. Luster used for pewter hardware for the grommets around the laces. Final firing to cone 018.
  • Size: 11.0" x 8.0" x 4.0".
  • Date: 2007.
  • Exhibited at Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX.
  • International Design Award, Word Press, 2008.
  • Sold.

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  • This piece is the first of a planned series of ceramic teapots with shoe themes. I embarked on this pathway after having been encouraged to do so by friends and fellow artists who admired my extensive line of "Teabags," consisting of teapots in the form of purses.
  • At first, it didn't seem feasible to use a shoe model as a container for this purpose. However, after I succeeded in making teapots from Chinese take-out containers (with puppy heads exiting from their contents) by enclosing the container, it became clear that the way was open for me to fashion a teapot body from a shoe.
  • I've always enjoyed the fun and humor of the soft, hip, "in" style of high top sneakers, having created a soft sculpture of one long ago. It was natural, therefore, for me to choose this style of shoe for my first ceramic incursion in this line. An old sneaker, borrowed from a student of mine, served as the model. The shoelaces are morphed into the teapot's polka-dotted handles.
  • As I worked on this piece, my inner musings told me that a baby giraffe must be featured for the nextv ersion (see Sole Mates), with a faux giraffe coloring pattern for the sneaker and faux sneaker pattern for the giraffe.

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