Interesting Teapots

These enameled and hand-painted limited edition teapots are miniature in size. The teapots are 85cm tall (including the lid) and 100cm wide from spout to handle. The centre teapot features five frogs and numerous dragonflies, and has an attached brass tag with the following information: “certified original by C. Maddicott. © 1996“.

This small Raku-fired teapot – made on the Central Coast of New South Wales – is light green with a beautiful red coppery glow. It has a tiny spout and a miniature lid, but is not fully functional (the raku-firing does not achieve high enough temperatures to make the clay waterproof).
The small brass and enameled ornament is an incense stick holder.

An antique carved wooden teapot stand makes an ideal display space for my  cast iron Japanese teapot.  A pair of Japanese teacups, beautifully glazed in teal green and white, complete the setting.

Very decorative, this pretty little teapot is covered on both sides with pink flowers and buds. The butterfly on top – nestled in a flower – forms the handle of the removable lid.

All of the above teapots and cups were gifts from my family and friends. They make an interesting addition to my teapot collection.

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Raku-fired pottery

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The vase and small sculptured wizard (both pictured in the slideshow) were hand built using Feeneys white raku clay. My first exposure to Raku-firing occurred during pottery classes at the Potters workshop at East Gosford (on the Central Coast of New South Wales), where these pots were made.
The vase was created using slabs of rolled out clay, which were joined,  patterned and decorated. The top of the vase was made on a pottery wheel, then shaped to fit the rectangular vase and attached to form the neck. The handles were made from extruded, shaped lengths of clay.
As my first attempt, I was very relieved when this vase survived the extreme Raku-firing.
Showing the variety of colours which Raku-firing can produce – when reduction occurs – the wizard-like figure was assembled using rolled slabs of clay. The slabs used to form the coat were rolled in ball clay to cause the crackled pattern (which are visible on the sleeve).  Two pinch pots were made and joined together to assemble the head, extruded clay was used for the beard.

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These raku-fired penguins were made during a sculpture workshop at the Central Coast Potters Society at East Gosford.
Formed from pinch pots – using white raku clay – they were shaped and featured using various pottery tools. The figures were bisque fired, then part-glazed and fired in a Raku Kiln followed by enhancement in a reduction chamber.

This emperor penguin was painted using watercolour for a series of greeting cards.
Emperor penguins spend their entire lives in Antarctica – the earth’s southernmost continent. They are the largest of the world’s penguin species and stand almost four feet tall and weigh 70 to 90 pounds. They have a grey/black back and a white belly, with orange markings behind their eyes and at the top of the chest.

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Owls – burnished and Raku-fired

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These small owls – made from Keane white raku clay – were burnished, part glazed and raku-fired. Being small, they were formed from a solid ball of clay, then shaped and patterned using various pottery tools.  Holes were pierced into the base of the formed owls to reduce cracking as the clay dried.
The burnished effect was created by smoothing in a circular motion, using the back of a spoon. The owls were then dried, bisque fired, part clear-glazed and raku-fired.
Immediately after removing them from the gas fired raku kiln, they were placed in a lidded bin, lined with combustible material (newspaper and sawdust). This causes post firing reduction and blackens the clay and crackles the glazed areas.

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Raku-fired Owl

This bronze glazed owl, was made during a workshop at the Central Coast Potters Society at East Gosford.  It was raku-fired during one of the potters annual open days, which usually includes a pit fire and raku firing.  One of my favourite owls, it usually remains safely inside but was photographed in the garden near some ferns and a bird of paradise plant.

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