The central idea for my concentration is teapots. I used different techniques and bodies of clay to make a variety of unique teapots.
I first became intrigued with teapots when I made the Gunmetal Teapot (image 13). I wanted to make a teapot that could function properly and was comfortable to use. For the Pyramid set (image 17) I wanted to use a different technique. I used a method called hand building. I also used multi-level carving as seen in image 18 my imagery is based on Egyptian hieroglyphics. I wanted to create the teapot to represent what a pharaoh might use. I sculpted this piece not going for functionality, but to make the viewer intrigued by all the symmetry and design. As I began to explore sculpting teapots I wanted to try different clay bodies such as image 15. I used Raku on the wheel for the basic form, then removed it and began to sculpt it. What makes this piece unique is the taped off design, and using positive and negative space as seen in the hole in the center of the teapot. These are two different techniques that I explored also when making teapots. I used two other different techniques in the porcelain piece (image 21). For the bamboo on the sides I used slip-inlay, and for the Chinese symbols on the top I used sgraffito.
Score (on a 6-point scale)4/4
Rationale for Score
• The collection of teapots created with various clay bodies results in a closely related series of similar-sized forms. However, the broad range of approaches has diminished the student’s voice.
• Some clear decision making is evident in the intentional selection of specific fabrication techniques and surface treatments for each vessel, for example, those in images 15 and 23. Scale and proportion are explored in the pairing of teapots and cups.
• As a whole, the body of work demonstrates good technical competence. Growth is evident, as can be seen by comparing image 13 and image 19.
• The use of cultural references in developing vessel forms and surface decoration demonstrates some innovative thinking as in images 17 and 21.