A teapot is the apex of functional pottery, incorporating all the basic design elements of artistic pottery. A well-crafted teapot pours without dribbling, is not too delicate for use or too heavy to lift, and has a lid that does not fall off while the pot is being used. In this project entitled Not Your Average Teapot the students in Karen Rich Beall’s fall 2013 Art class Ceramics I: Material and Form were challenged to create a unique ceramic sculpture that functions as a teapot but does not look like a traditional teapot. The goal of the project was to create something that was artistically expressive, conveyed whimsy and had an element of surprise.
A traditional teapot is a covered jar with a spout and a handle attached to it. Teapots are created using all the basic pottery techniques. The position of the spout and handle are very important to the pot’s functional success. The teapot must not leak out of the spout when filled to the top, or dribble or spurt when poured. Therefore, the placement and shape of the spout are crucial. The spout should be a funnel shape that is smooth inside; the tip of the spout should be above the lip of the pot; and the lid of the pot should fit securely. The rim of the lid can be flanged to secure the lid while pouring.
Student artists included in this exhibit are: Nicole Breighner, Lauren Brumbach, Katie Dorman, Adam Fuehrer, Melanie Gamble, Amanda Gryiel, Brittany Guyeski, Samantha Hoover, Marissa Ingeno, Katelyn Mackey, Lindsay McMasters, Lauren Mowery, Jasmine Olvany, Francesca Pizzurro, Dylan Rigg, and Kayla Zimering.
Many thanks to the Department of Art & Art History and especially to Karen Rich Beall, Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics and Sculpture, and Michael Pittari, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and Associate Professor of Art, for partnering with Bishop Library again to promote student learning and creativity.