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  • This hand-built teapot is constructed primarily of a self-devised paperclay composite of stoneware and porcelain clays, linter and paper.
  • The puppy's head is sculpted from hollowed-out semidried stoneware to serve as the teapot's spout. The portrait is based on puppy photographs of Lucy, the buyer's dog.
  • Press mold clay bark-like sticks comprise the handle. Noodles are made of extruded clay.
  • The lid is a fortune cookie fashioned from a stoneware paperclay slab.
  • Construction sequence: Initially fired to cone 06. Air-brushed and hand-painted underglazes applied. Refired to cone 6. Opalescent gold overglaze added to the bark and the noodles. Final firing to cone 017. Pearls applied to dog's collar, noodles and sides of the container.
  • Size: 9.0" x 8.5" x 7.0".
  • Date: 2007.
  • A commissioned work.
  • Sold.

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  • Advancing from a prior piece, Doggie Bag, I made several artistic modificaitons and introduced others to accommodate the buyer's desires. Principal among the changes is the black and tan Doberman puppy emerging from the Chinese noodles, a portrait of Lucy, the buyer's Doberman as a puppy. She is centered in the container to portray her sturdy compactness.
  • The wire handles of Doggie Bag were deemed aesthetically too delicate for this more substantial breed. After several false starts, I designed a set of faux wooden clay sticks, arranged in Chinese style. They are held together by red strings made of extruded Fimo, a polymer clay. The container's red coloration, chosen with the buyer's concurrence, is meant to be compatible with the puppy's color and to match the red strings binding the handle. The fortune cookie message reads, "Dogs are miracles with paws."

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