clennell on fri 31 jan 03
We just got back from visiting "the Artful Teapot" show at the Gardiner
Museum in Tee- Ohh. this is 250 teapots from the Kamm collection of 6500
teapots. the largest collection in the world. they are
philantropist/collectors from California. If you can get to Toroonto go see
this show. It is downright awesome. Even saw a nice little Cardew, Leach
and and giant Ferguson. I had no idea the scale of Fergusons work.
We are in a side show of the opening at the Gardiner on Thursday called The
Mad Hatters Teapot. Garth Clark, Wally Keeler, Tony Marsh and lots of big
shot giving talks on the Saturday.
Long day and I was dosing off while driving along the Clayart Information
highway and i saw Arti's name. Let me extend a big welcome back, Arti.
You're a breath of foul air and that's a compliment!
Karen Sullivan on sat 1 feb 03
You mentioned the surprise of scale when you
saw the Ferguson teapot in the show.
I think my response to the Color and Fire Show
that was in Los Angeles a couple of years ago
was the surprise of scale.
It seems that small intimate objects to not
The scale of most everything in the show
started at about 20 in. x 20 in. and
increased in size from there.
I wonder if that is true about teapots as
That issue makes me try to increase the scale
of my work when I am thinking about showing
a piece. Though I am more comfortable with
small, intricate, delicate stuff....
off to see Goro Suzuki at Frank Lloyd...
time for inspiration.
clennell on sat 1 feb 03
Sour Cherry Pottery
> That issue makes me try to increase the scale
> of my work when I am thinking about showing
> a piece. Though I am more comfortable with
> small, intricate, delicate stuff....
> ah, well...
> off to see Goro Suzuki at Frank Lloyd...
> time for inspiration.
> bamboo karen
Dear Bamboo Karen: big scale and bold colours are two of the things that
attract attention. People think oh my god that potter must be skillful with
clay and smart about glazes.
I work side by each with a potter that is not interested in making big pots
or brightly coloured glazes.. I have seen first hand her work being
overlooked because it is smaller than mine. In some cases her work should
be their first choice, but they think they are getting more more their money
when the bigger teapot is similiarly priced to the small one. More clay
used= more value for your buck.
Last week I went to a workshop of Sam Chung from Michigan. the images i saw
of his teapots presented a vision of scale for me. I was shocked when he
made these tiny wee Yixing-ish pots.
Perhaps jurying by slides makes the viewer look at small things that would
be overpowered by the big ones.
there was a quote in last CM by Mike Dodd a potter in Britain whose pots I
-because of heart, inspite of head.
Make the pots that get the blood flowing thru your arteries- big or small.
the pottery community will come to realize that your pots are alive.
Good small pots to ya, eh!
P.S My favourite teapot in the Artful Teapot show was a small 2 cuper by
Micheal Cardew. E-ware dipped in white slip, nice loosey goosey sgrafitto
decoration. that was my pick of the pack. and there were lots of biggies of
name and scale.