Sunday, April 10, 2011

Teapot Workshop

"Throwing and Creative Construction of Forms" - SUE GRIER WORKSHOP
April 30th & May 1st at The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC.

Demonstrations will explore altering freshly thrown forms, mark making, the use of line, texture and profile to develop original and animated pottery forms. Working from wheel thrown parts will give energy to the look of the forms.

Saturday morning, Sue will use the teapot form as a starting point for throwing demonstrations. The teapot is a potter’s most complex and endlessly satisfying form for discovery. Other thrown forms will be done as time allows. Throwing techniques will include lidded forms, throwing off the hump, altering cylinders & plates, cups/saucers, goblets for starters.

Saturday afternoon will end with a slide presentation of Sue's work, influences and teapot favorites.

Sunday starts with a discussion & demonstration of teapot assembly including various types of handle solutions. We will then trade previously thrown/made spouts, lids & teapot bodies to be constructed/assembled into 2 finished teapots. As our group hands-on event unfolds, participants will start with 2 teapot bodies, 2 lids and 2 spouts drawn at random from the "pool" of parts. We will then trim, assemble, alter, add handles/knobs, carve, whatever it takes to discover new teapot forms. Sue will work with you to problem solve construction and give advice on forms as we go.

The finished forms may end up being utilitarian or sculptural - the objective is to have fun discovering news forms and expression within the forms! Sue will wind up the afternoon demonstrating stamping/sprigging and slip use on the teapot forms. Slip techniques will include use of stencils, resists, trailing and sgraffito. As time allows, Sue will also share information and techniques on oxide washes and handouts for cone 6 glazes.

contact: The Clemson ARTS Center (located in Clemson, SC) for registration and more information.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tea Time Magazine

We (Sue Grier, Denise Detrich & Patti Connor-Greene) are working towards a group show of teapots this coming September @ Toe River Arts Council.I am kicking back into tea mode. Saw a mention for this magazine & here is a link.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Teapots from NCECA 2007 Louisville, KY

So - this is a few years after - the NCECA in Louisville, Kentucky was great - even if the weather was cold! Here are a few teapots from various exhibitions around town. And hey - the best place we ate was at Lynn's Paradise Cafe - great food and the decor was outrageously over-the-top visually.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Teapot detail of Porca Miseria! Chandelier

Teapot detail from PORCA MISERIA! CHANDELIER 1994
Ingo Maurer (German , born 1932)
“The Porca Miseria! Chandelier is both a revolt against the slickness of contemporary design and Maurer’s celebration of cinematic slow-motion explosions, like those seen in Michelangelo Antonioni’s filn Zabriskie Point (1970).”

In Italian the name means “Miserable Sow”. Some say it means “Damn It!”. Designer Ingo Maurer made the chandelier as a humorous expression of anger.
MoMA, New York City, NY

Fascination with tea

The Seven Cups of Tea

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat,
the second cup breaks my loneliness,
the third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some five thousand volumes of odd ideographs.

The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration, - all the wrong of life passes away through my pores.

At the fifth cup I am purified;
the sixth cup calls me to the realms of immortals.

The seventh cup - ah, but I could take no more!

I only feel the breath of cool wind that rises in my sleeves.
Where is Horaisan? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither."

-taken from a quote by Lotung, a Tang poet (The Book of Tea)