Joan Ulrich - Puzzle Tea
7.5"w x 4.5"d x 5.25"h
About the Teapot
Each of my teapots starts as a sketch, though I allow variance as I go. I determine the sense of an object, and hold it in my mind as I draw and make.
With "Puzzle Tea" I wanted to evoke a sense of groundedness, decisive strength, geometry, and function.
Chicago-born Joan Ulrich has lived in Alexandria, Virginia, for about twenty years. A background in scientific illustration and surface design in no way prepared her for the U-turn her life would take when she took a summer course in ceramics at Chicago’s Lill Street Studios on a whim.
A move to New York City intensified her clay studio practice, and within a few years, she began participating in national and international exhibits. After six years in NYC, Joan moved to northern Virginia with access to every type of atmospheric kiln, which sparked new strategies for making work.
Joan maintained a studio at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory for sixteen years until early 2023 and continues to work out of her Workhouse Art Center studio in Lorton, Virginia.
*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.