Monday, March 21, 2011

Teapots: An Invitational - Doug Jeppesen Sugar Grove, IL

Doug Jeppesen Teapot $175
wood-fired B-Mix wood/salt fired
with Elvis Yellow Flashing Slip and Albany Slip Glaze (5" x 8.5" x 5")
Today, we live in a world of convenience rather than one of necessity, and to make functional pottery is a reaction against this convenience.  I'm interested in the personal relationships between handmade pottery and the industrialized objects used daily in our society.  From a solitary morning cup of coffee, a noisy family dinner or sipping a cup of whiskey with a friend, pots are used every day by millions of people as they record and discuss their ideas, activities and experiences.

Doug Jeppesen holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Art with an emphases in ceramics from the University of Tulsa, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University.  Doug is an Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois where he has taught full time since 1998. 

He specializes in wood firing and has built a number of different styled wood fired kilns at the college.  The latest was an Anagama completed during the fall of 2006, which is one of only three in the state of Illinois.  His work has appeared in numerous national juried and invitational exhibitions across the United States.  Doug has also presented throwing demonstrations at area colleges and participated as a panel member at the International Wood Firing Conference at Northern Arizona University in 2006. 

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