|Peter Hessemer Teapot NFS|
slip glaze, stained overglaze and red luster, Cone 6
I only occasionally make teapots or explicitly functional objects. However we know a teapot is also a form like a rectangular canvas, or a building that can also be almost anything. Ben was kind enough to let me select any teapot I wished to exhibit. I made this one 25 years ago, 1986 and have valued it for the dynamic form and pattern. At the time I was firing to cone 6 in an electric kiln. The electric firing provided none of the "sudden beauty" inherent from high fire reduction. I felt particularly responsible for creating the surface unaided by the firing. Materials used include slip, glaze, stained overglaze, and red luster. I have a predilection for pieces that are dynamic, directly formed, and unfussy, whether they are refined or rough.