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Its Time for a Teapot or Two..or Three (again)

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by echostains

I am absolutley FUMING!  I have just typed quite a bit about 3 teapots and they have disappeared!  When I pressed the preview, all I got was the title!  The images had gone, the words had gone and I’m nearly gone (off my head!)  How frustrating is that?  Second try…..

Tension Tamer Teapot Tote Irene C Reed 1997 Tension Tamer Teapot Tote Irene C Reed 1997

These teapots are a few years old, but I think still worth a view.  They are probably well cherished and on their way to becoming heirlooms. These beaded ones are beautiful, you could use them as handbags (wacky handbags!)  The other is by Merril Morrison 200.  Both have tiny little glass beads decoration.

beautiful hanging heart Yixing teapot by Ah Leon 1991 beautiful hanging heart Yixing teapot by Ah Leon 1991

If I owned this one, I would have to use it.  It would be such a wasted opportunity not to.

wheres my bloody tea teapot by john mcNaughton 1993 wheres my bloody tea teapot by john mcNaughton 1993

This one made me laugh!  It would be a real ice breaker if you had to entertain  strangers to tea (or an ice PICK, with THAT nose lol!)

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Weird and Whacky Design: By the Power of Greyskull……!

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , on September 15, 2009 by echostains

Meredith Host...Now eat your food or ELSE!

Meredith Host...Now eat your food or ELSE!

I came across these whacky designs by ceramicist Meredith Host.  Host makes quirky ceramics with what I think, a contemporary Gothic twist.  These pots are great fun.  You would just have to put ‘brain food (fish) on these wouldn’t you lol!

Meridith Host  food for thought
Meridith Host food for thought

The artist  loves Zombie movies and er, candy!  This is reflected in her work, some of which is REALLY colourful.  You will have to go on her website to see it though… you’ll find it well worth the look!!

Meredith Host skull bowl
Meredith Host skull bowl

More of her work HERE

Meredith’s website and other designs including  her ‘Slice and Dice’ range (great fun) HERE

If you liked this post – there’s more where this came from!  Go to my home page and look in my Categories, click on ‘WEIRD AND WHACKY DESIGN’

Tea Shall be Served…When the Fat Lady Sings

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on September 9, 2009 by echostains

I was rather taken with this unusual teapot by ceramicist Robbie Bell.  It’s called ‘When the Fat Lady sings’ from ‘The Speckled Dog’ Pottery’.  I love the colours that have been used here, they’re fresh,  frothy and whimsical, nodding at nostalgic, yet contemporary with a hint of fun!  You can tell that the Fat lady loves to dance!

when the fat lady sings teapot by robbie Bell, elegant swirling ceramic

when the fat lady sings teapot by robbie Bell, elegant swirling ceramic

All pots are hand-built or wheel thrown and I like the fact that they incorporate natural elements like leafs, glass twigs and things. The designs are organic, tasteful and well, just LOVELY!

More from Robbie Bell ‘The Speckled Dog Pottery’ HERE

It’s time for a Teapot!

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on August 23, 2009 by echostains

this teapot was marine inspired

this teapot was marine inspired

As usual it’s going to be a quick one tonight and tomorrow as I have to work.  I came across a smashing Teapot blog the other day. Some of these teapots are amazing!

 HERE is the link to the teapot blog

Flying Teapots to Ride on? Whatever Next!

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on August 2, 2009 by echostains

Girl on a Goose by Gail Ritchie

Girl on a Goose by Gail Ritchie

I’ve just come across a lovely little cache of unusual teapots and I’m very excited about it!  Each time you think you’ve seen it all regarding teapot design, something always comes along to surprise you! And some of these designs are surprising to say the least…….

teapot by Irina Zaytceva

 

 

teapot by Irina Zaytceva

I just love the artwork and colouring on the above teapot!  The numerous tiny feet make it intriguing……..

Richard Notkin teapot Ironclad Hostage 11

 

Richard Notkin teapot Ironclad Hostage 11

There’s something about the Ironclad teapot that puts me in mind of the wonderful surrealist artist HR Geiger…must write about him sometime.

 

 

Teapots: Evolve….Naturally

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my pick of 2008 Teapot competition.  Part one is HERE.  More teapots I like very much are as follows;

teapot show 2008 Joan Rasmussen Junkmans teapot

teapot show 2008 Joan Rasmussen Junkmans teapot

 

This teapot has just eveolved and evolved!  I love the verdigris effect!  Some of this piece consists of found stuff…probably the wooden trolly?

teapots show 2008 alice deLisle Tea  Pod

 

 

teapots show 2008 alice deLisle Tea Pod

I love the pod shape of this teapot1  It’s very organic indeed.  I love the markings and the stylised lid, spout and handle gives it a sophistication.

teapot show tree trunk by An Yi- Pan

 

 

teapot show tree trunk by An Yi- Pan

Here’s another highly original teapot with organic leanings.  You would think it was actually made from a tree trunk!

If you want to see the rest, the link is  HERE

Teapots: Oil and Water and other Elements

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on July 21, 2009 by echostains

 I came across a Teapot competition for 2008.  I’m not too sure who won, but I’ve picked  out some of my favorites!

teapot show 2008 Nancy Arkuss 'Sassy  Lady'

teapot show 2008 Nancy Arkuss 'Sassy Lady'

 

I love the movement and style of this teapot by Nancy Arkuss.  It reminds me of one of these veiled statues; –

The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy by Raffaelle Monti 1861

The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy by Raffaelle Monti 1861

 

Another one that captured my imagination is this one; –

Teapot show 2008  Sharon Bartmann'Oil for two' raku

 

 

 

Teapot show 2008 Sharon Bartmann'Oil for two' raku

I did a bit of raku at university and I must say, it is my favorite method of ceramic making.  Perhaps it’s because the procedure takes place outdoors that appeals..and the effects are random: cannot be calculated.  It is a method of working that involves all four elements (earth, wind, water and fire),  like a kind alchemy!

More of these fab pots tomorrow!