I've been making some thrown cups and plates lately. These are porcelain, thrown on the potter's wheel and painted with underglazes and glazes. They're big cups, holding more than 16 oz. each.
These two cups are going to the cup show at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans. Of course, I made a bunch more in this series, including some variation in shape and leaf patterns.
I also made some plates. These are salad or snack size.
These are photos of the temporary, small installation that I designed for a family camping event at the Phinizy Swamp. Several kids and a mom helped me. We selected a tree just off the boardwalk at the Raingarden trail, we spread swamp clay around the base of the tree, then we gathered and placed 2 kinds of leaves around the tree. At the end we put in a circle of unripe blackberries. The whole thing should biodegrade quickly on its own.
2017 is the year of the Rooster. The element is Fire, so this year's rooster is extra-feisty, and is best cooled down with a bit of Earth. These small porcelain teapots are made entirely by hand, individually. I had fun with suggesting the Rooster through a lid that looks a bit like a rooster's comb, plus some feather painting on the body of the teapot. The earth element comes in through the use of a soft yellow-brown base glaze. The teapots are 4 inches or less in height.
I've just finished a pair of cups that will go to The Art of the Cup, an invitational exhibition at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans. I threw these cups from porcelain, dotted them with overlapping layers of underglaze, and fired them to cone 6 in an electric kiln. These cups are big - even after the final firing, they hold 16 ounces of liquid each.
The Year of the Monkey begins on February 8. Here are six small teapots that I made to celebrate the new year. Each teapot is 4 to 5 inches tall, made individually and by hand of porcelain, hand drawn and painted. Each teapot has two monkey faces, one on each side.
I have just completed a set of 7 teapots for the Year of the Sheep, which begins in February 2015. In China, both sheep and goats belong to the Year of the Sheep. It's pretty different from the biblical perspective, in which the sheep and the goats are always being separated. These teapots are no more than 4 inches high, which is full size in China (tea is drunk very differently there than in the European traditions). All of these teapots are completely handmade of porcelain clay.
I've just finished some teapots for the Year of the Horse, which begins in 2014. These teapots are going to Shanghai for an international exhibition. Each teapot is made of porcelain and is about 4 inches tall.
I have just finished some new teapots for the Year of the Snake. I focused on the beautiful skin patterns that some snakes have. The teapots are thrown and handbuilt, from porcelain. The decoration is drawn and painted in underglaze, covered with clear glaze, and then touched with gold overglaze. Three firings were needed for each teapot. Each teapot is approximately 4 inches high, which is full size in China. The teapots will go to an exhibition in Shanghai.
I'm finishing a month as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Howard Romero is doing a project in which he photographs every resident who's willing, at the end of every month. Here's mine:
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.