Jamie Kirkpatrick - Rusted Black Chevron Teapot
Thrown and Incised Clay, Glaze, Cone 6 Electric-fired
7"w x 6"d x 7"h
About the Teapot
Inspiration for this piece derives from my obsession with the beauty of lines for design. I have always enjoyed hand incising clay with a loop tool to create a line pattern. I am also inspired by the use of an internal clay sieve to be used for not only tea bags, but if one prefers, loose tea. This clay sieve is perforated with many hand-drilled holes. The dome-shaped sieve is made separately and then permanently attached just behind the spout. Its shape allows for a large surface area of small holes that allows the flow of the tea to continue even if some of the holes get clogged by the tea leaves.
The three glazes used on all three teapots in the show consist of a white liner (interior) glaze, an (exterior) iron red glaze, and a metallic black glaze. The exterior of the pieces consist of the overlapping of the two iron-rich glazes in a double-dipping process. My inspiration here is with the alchemy created by the rate of cooling during the firing process.
Historical references establish the foundation of my work. It is this rich inspirational history and investigation that allows me to continue to enjoy the creative process. I am inspired by both traditional and contemporary trends in ceramics. My former educational interest and research in geology often combines with these influential trends to achieve a finished product.
As an instructor, the lessons learned from former professors as well as personal developments in teaching have become the foundation for my instruction to others. It is my belief that this knowledge needs to be passed on to maintain the strength and recognition of the ceramic arts.
Jamie Kirkpatrick began his career as a geologist having completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from Guilford College and a Master of Science Degree from East Carolina University (ECU). In 1997, he returned to ECU to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in ceramics. Jamie combines his historic knowledge of the arts with surface applications reminiscent of geological features and natural formations.
Jamie is now in the process of building a new wood and gas kiln, as well as establishing a working studio. He aspires to continue building his ceramic repertoire and reputation as an artist and teacher in order to perpetuate his contribution in the ceramic arts.
*Teapots that are sold must remain on display in the gallery as part of the exhibit until the show closes on September 10, 2020. After the show closes, teapots will be carefully packed and shipped by September 26 or available for pick-up at the gallery.
About National Teapot Show XII
May 20 - September 10, 2023
Cedar Creek Gallery's National Teapot Show XII is an invitational event featuring teapots crafted by artists from across North America. More than 200 hand-crafted teapots created using a broad range of materials - including pottery, glass, wood, fiber, and mixed media.
Teapots in the show come in all shapes and sizes! Some are functional - just right for your daily cup of tea, while others are created as sculptural teapots.
Every teapot in the show is available for purchase.