Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teapots: An Invitational - Robert Archambeau Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Robert W. Archambeau Tea Kettle $700
stoneware, soda fired (8" x 8" x 6")

My aim is not the decorative or didactic or clay as visual entertainment, it is not political.  Instead, I hope my work is, in some measure, a distillation of the magic and mystery that surrounds me on this, my part of the Canadian Pre-Cambrian Shield.  It is, at its best, pottery that is serene, rich in detail, detached from the mundane and timeless.  The teapot in this invitational teapot show is made out of stoneware clay.  It has been glazed with a combination of Suzy Lindsey's Yellow Shino glaze under Wayne Higby's Water Blue glaze.  Once removed from the cooled soda firing, the teapot was sandblasted and oiled.

Robert Archambeau is a Canadian studio potter from Winnipeg and Bissett, Manitoba.  He received his MFA from Alfred University and taught at RISD (4 years) and the University of Manitoba (23 years), retiring in 1991.  Robert is the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and a Manitoba Arts Council Senior Grant.  His pottery is represented by AKAR Gallery (Iowa City, Iowa), David Kaye Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) and Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery (London, Ontario).

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