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I am a jeweler, a potter...an artist I suppose. I have been creating hemp, glass bead and wire jewelry since 1996 but have only been throwing pottery since the Spring of 2008. I plan to open my own gallery and workshop within the next five years but for now I make my work out of my home and sell in galleries and online. I sell my work to feed my hobby and because I am running out of room for my creations in the house. My art, like this blog, is in it's beginning stages and I hope that as my reader you will join me in my journey as an artist and enjoy it as much as I know I will!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My First Teapot!

I attempted to throw a teapot multiple times when I was in my pottery class in college but every attempt failed. I struggled the most with the spout but even throwing a base proved a challenge and I never did get one put together before the class ended. When I got my wheel though, I thought I would try again and on my first attempt I ended up throwing a teapot, a spout and a lid! The next day I attached the pieces and was really happy with the result.
I brought the piece to Waynesville for firing and glazing and have finally gotten it back! Problem was, I had put polka-dots on it and painted a light blue glaze on the dots and handle and I didn't paint the glaze on thick enough. So I decided to test out acrylic paint, the kind you bake in the oven to seal it. I painted the dots, handle and the inside of the teapot and this is my final result:



I told my grandmother about the teapot and she decided she wanted to buy it from me to keep it in the family. She said I would inherit it once she's gone and I liked the idea of keeping it around. So I'm giving it to her for Christmas and I'm happy it'll stay in the family. I feel like it was a pretty big accomplishment, though I look at it now and can think of a hundred ways it could be better. Still, I was really proud of myself for trying it again and happy it turned out. There will be many more to come, as with all of my pieces, but its nice to know this original will be around to look back on and see how far I've come.

1 comment:

BusBarista said...

that's lovely mal.
congrats.