Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Teapots: An Invitational - Charity Davis-Woodard Edwardsville, IL

Charity Davis-Woodard Untitled $230
soda fired porcelain, slip, multiple glazes (7" x 9.5" x 6)
The teapot is one of the most challenging and satisfying forms to make.  As a functional potter I want the pot to serve its purpose well at the same time that it brings visual interest and pleasure to the user.  Bearing in mind the satisfaction of pausing to pour a cup of tea from a well-balanced, free-flowing, drip and dribble-free teapot I pay attention to the design issues that contribute to this end.  Once those parameters have been established they move to the periphery while I lose myself in the more personal and engaging decisions about form and surface.  In the end I hope for the finished piece that will add pleasure to someone's life whether in the activity of making and drinking tea or from a momentary glance now and then in its direction.

Charity Davis-Woodard moved to Illinois in 1994 to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  As a full-time studio potter for the past 10 years her focus has been limited-production and one-of-a kind porcelain wood-fired pottery.  Charity has taught ceramics workshops for universities and other learning centers such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Wichita Center for the Arts, and Appalachian Center for Crafts, and her work is widely exhibited in galleries and invitational exhibitions.  With numerous awards to her credit such as the NCECA Clay National, Clayfest 2003, and the Utilitarian Ceramics National, Charity's work can be found in professional publications, private and public collections, and cupholders nationwide.

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