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Tea is where the heart is

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on February 15, 2010 by echostains

All heart teapot by JoAnne Bedient

Seeing that today was one made up of hearts (Valentine’s Day), I thought  I would look for some heart-shaped teapots.  In a lot of homes still, tea is at the heart of the family.  Everyone sits down to a nice cup of tea, hence the title of this post ‘Tea is where the heart is!’  The above teapot is by JoAnne Bedient a clay artist  who specialises in Raku.  I love the unpredictability of this process, and also how you get all the four elements earth, wind, fire and water joining together in the work.  I just love all the crackly smoky patterns seemed to have conjoined together to make this piece.

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Here’s another heart-shaped mini teapot, this time from Kelvin Chen.  The fresh colours used and the stylised drawing upon the ceramic gives it an Art deco meets oriental feel.

honeycomb teapot - what a find!

I know this isn’t a heart shaped teapot, but I couldn’t not include this paper teapot that caught my eye.  The owner snapped this up on eBay!  Not only is it fun and pretty – spotting it drew me to the owners blog, which I must say is one of the most  loveliest  blogs I have ever seen regarding tea: the drinking of it, the celebration of it, the loving it and the designs it can lend itself to (some most unusual indeed),    THIS  is the one!

JoAnne Bedient clay artist specialises in raku loved the varied eclectic textures of this piece and whimsical form.  Her website is here and there are some very unusual pieces of her work 

Teapots: From Wild Goat to He Goat: From Dada to Goya

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

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 This strange , organic teapot really captured my imagination . This Raku ceramic, called  ‘Wild Goat teapot – Homage to Paul Soldner’  is by Nina de Creeft Ward from The Beatrice Wood Centre for the Arts.  I don’t know who Paul Soldner is, I just hope he was pleased with the wild goat reference!  This teapot reminded me of a painting by Spanish artist and Printmaker Francisco de Goya'(1746 -1828).  The painting goes under several names;  ‘The Great He Goat’ or ‘The Coven,’ or ‘Witches Sabbath’ in 1820 -23.  The painting  shows a number of grotesque witches at their sabbath with Satan as the guest of honour.  Some of the faces of the witches are truely terrifying.  ‘The Witches Sabbath’ is one of a series of what is known as  Goya’s Black Paintings.  These paintings were done in later life  (1819 – 1823)  by a very depressed  Goya, after he had survived two near fatal illnesses.  They are dark and full of fear and show the artist’s anxiety.

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The artist who the Arts Centre is named after (where the teapot came from) is Beatrice Wood and she was a very interesting character.  This American artist  and studio potter was born 1893 and died in 1998.  In later life she became known as the ‘Mama of Dada’ a movement 1916 – 1922.   I shall be writing about (eventually).  An interesting fact about her is that the character of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 film Titanic was partially based on her.

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I have had a look at her biography, which is fascinating and I must write about (eventually) and have found out who Paul Soldner was.  He was an American ceramicist born in 1921 and his work is quite exciting!  See it on his website HERE

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Another of my teapot posts:  Teapots are like a box of chocolate – you never know what you’re going to get’

Take a Tea Break:Tea Runs Rings around Me

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on October 20, 2009 by echostains

Charles Sherman teapot with six ring infinity

Charles Sherman teapot with six ring infinity

I’ve not put any teapots on my blog for a while.  I have been looking at them though and found several new interesting ones.  This teapot with six ring infinity is more of a teapot metaphor than an actual teapot.   I love the indulating way the ceramic snakes and meanders, tracing the shape.  Sherman explores the pierced form HERE with more Infinity rings.

I put two more teapots in this post (with writing) and it’s disappeared!  This happens from time to time and it is SO frustrating.   I seem to have 2 copies of it, but the wrong one is saved…doh!  I’m going to leave it here now because the time is getting on.  More teapots tomorrow

 

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!