Red Frost Reassembled Ring Teapot
9" tall x 15" wide x 11" deep
The cantilever, or overhanging segment of a building attached vertically
to a buried protruding “foot,” is a familiar modernist
architectural design element. With this teapot I wanted to preserve
the circularity of the triangular cross-section ring, so I cut out
only one small arc segment and attached it crosswise above its original
place in the ring. Instead of my more familiar vertical ring positioning,
I then oriented the ring assembly almost horizontally on the oval
base, which for this teapot serves as the cantilever foot. I sculpted
the lid finial to almost mirror the cutout arc segment, and attached
it to the lid, adding the handle and spout opposite each other in
line with the oval base.
Because of the fragility of the unfired
clay, I placed a removable clay prop under the ring below where
the spout is attached when I bisque and glaze-fired the teapot.
I dipped the opaque white glaze over the whole teapot, sponge-printed
the pale green glaze on all the edge features, then poured the pink
glaze over the whole teapot surface. I expected this teapot to fire
to the pink color you will see on my “Strawberry Pink Reassembled
Hollow Ring Teapot.” However, the element wires in our electric
kiln were almost 3 years old and quite worn. The automatically programmed
control box on the kiln shut off the kiln twice during the firing
of this teapot, causing the kiln to be on 7 hours longer than the
usual 12 to 14 hours needed to complete a cone 5 firing.
got the kiln to temperature by shutting off the automatic shutoff
feature in the program, and I was quite apprehensive about what
I might find when I unloaded the kiln the next day. The pots in
the firing looked good, however, and our normally pink glaze was
a wonderful deep frosty red on this teapot. I don’t think
this glaze color can be duplicated! You may also notice that the
spout side of the ring curves almost a full inch above the handle
side of the ring. The ring sagged down on the right side of the
removable prop, kicking up the end to the left of the spout because
of the long hot soak time the teapot spent in the 21-hour firing.
I like this slight upward-spiral effect very much, although I did
not plan it. I took apart the kiln and replaced the six element
wires before the next firing, and it is back to working normally.
This teapot is held in a private collection in Boston, Massachusetts.
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.