Aztec Headdress Reassembled Ring Teapot
17" tall x 11" wide x 6" deep
Each reassembled hollow ring teapot I make starts with an idea
and a plan of attack. With this teapot I first made an oval cross-section
ring with pointed ends. I cut the ring into three sections, and
collapsed the original ring into an off-center oval composition,
which re-states the pointed-end oval cross-section of the original
ring. The top of the arc of the left side section overhangs but
does not touch the right side section where the spout is attached.
The gap between the two not-touching arc sections was wider when
I composed the assembly, but it warped closer to the spout in the
firing, although it didn’t touch. I cut out a pointed-oval
opening in the top of the overhanging arc section for the teapot
lid, and attached the fan-like lid finial to the lid. Although I
was not thinking of this while I made the lid finial, after it was
mounted on the teapot lid it reminded me of a ceremonial feather
headdress I had seen years ago in a book about the pre-Columbian
Aztec Indians. I glazed the lid “fan” like brightly-colored
feathers, and used a muted gray on the body of the teapot. This
teapot has a sculptural presence I am proud to have created.
This teapot is for sale.
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