Jeff Brown - Textured Faceted Shino Tea Pot
6"w x 4.25"d x 6.75"h
About the Teapot
The lively movement of the faceted textural designs were created during the throwing process. While the piece was still a thick cylinder at the beginning of the forming, I cut straight down through the soft clay with a texturing wire. After all of the facets were cut, I finished throwing the piece, and stretched the form into the shape I desired. The clay gives me clues as to how the final piece will end up. Sensitivity to touch is a very important part of making the piece in this way, and not everything works out as I plan...only the most successful survive the cut (literally) to find their place in the firing.
I'm drawn to the natural earth qualities of clay: the smell, the look, and the feel of its granular surface as it's stretched by the pressure of my fingertips. My fascination with texture and the pliable nature of clay leads me to examine not just the outside, or on the skin, but inside, below the surface. The shape and surface designs are a very important part of each piece I make. Attention to the details of each piece is given, making them individual creations even when in a series, they may appear to be the same.
I’ve been working with clay since my high school art teacher introduced me to pottery in 1976. I had been inspired and intrigued by the terra-cotta figure sculptures my sister created when she was taking classes from the same teacher. You could say I was raised on clay, since I come from the clay rich soil of North Carolina.
*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.