Purple Dolphins Diving Reassembled Ring
12" tall x 16" wide x 11" deep
Three of my recent reassembled hollow ring teapots, including this
one, have started with similar pointed-end oval cross-section rings.
The other two are “Aztec Headdress” and “Blue
Billowing Spinnaker.” I am encouraged by the fact that I am
able to make widely differing reassembled ring compositions from
the same ring cross-section starting point.
For this teapot I cut the hollow ring into four sections, using
an x-acto knife to cut across the ring walls in a wavy pattern.
When I assembled the composition, I started by putting together
the first three arc sections you see on the left of the picture.
You can’t see the third arc section because it is hidden behind
the left forward leg. I had planned to add the fourth and longest
arc section in an upward-arching curve like the letter “C”
to the right of the assembly of the first three sections, but it
was not a pleasing composition. When I flipped the long arc section
over and oriented it like a rainbow, it completed the teapot assembly
in a very pleasing resolution of the sculptural challenge I had
set for myself. I realize now that this teapot reminds me of many
of Alexander Calder’s large outdoor sculptures. I have always
admired Calder’s work, and feel like I would want to walk
around and under the arch of this teapot if it were reproduced on
a monumental scale, or if I were shrunk to the size of a small bird
(not a pigeon!)
This reassembled hollow ring teapot assembly was very fragile before
it was fired,, and I had three separate removable props supporting
the teapot in the bisque and glaze firings. When I showed the finished
teapot to my brother, who is an oceanographer, he commented that
it looked like whales or dolphins diving in the sea. I thought that
this was an interesting and insightful reaction to my abstract sculptural
composition, so I named the piece “Purple Dolphins Diving
Reassembled Hollow Ring Teapot.”
By the way, some of my teapots photograph more successfully than
others. In the case of this “Purple Dolphins Diving Teapot,”
there was not one single point of view that showed all the sculptural
elements of the composition. You really have to look at this teapot
from different viewing angles to appreciate the piece as a whole.
This teapot is not available for sale.
In addition to my unique reassembled ring teapots, my partner Susan Nykiel and I also make a wide range of functional and elegant pottery pieces. Please visit our new online store at oakbluffspottery.etsy.com to see what we have to offer! This is an excellent place to shop for beautiful handmade pottery for your own home or for your gift-giving pleasure.