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.
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 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 am making teapots to go to an exhibition in Shanghai. The Year of the Dragon will start in 2012, so I am making dragon teapots. My concept is to draw angular dragons twisting around smooth, rounded teapot contours. So, first I have to make the teapots. I'm using a porcelain clay.
Whether you make a teapot on the wheel or by handbuilding, it's essentially handbuilt - because there is so much fitting and attaching of the various parts. I like to handbuild anyway, so I've minimized the wheel part - I just used the wheel to get a nice, round form.
I find it takes time and concentration to make these pieces. I don't find the process easy.
And the lids are on. Each lid is pinched and then fitted with an inner flange that will keep the lid from falling off when the teapot is tilted. The decoration on the lids refers to some of the Chinese dragon traditions. Chinese dragons are sometimes shown with a flaming pearl (which is perhaps a source of heavenly strength). Chinese dragons also have strong associations with the number 9.
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.
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