The teapot is among the more intriguing of utilitarian vessels. The simplest teapot is still a complex form, and with the articulation of parts is inherently sculptural. At mealtime, we each have a cup, bowl, and plate, while the serving bowl, cruet set, platter, casserole, and pitcher enhance the shared ritual of gathering with friends or family. The teapot carries this further as the centerpiece of its own ritual. No serious tea drinker would select a teapot solely on utilitarian function, because its use is too important. Even when drinking tea alone, the quality of ritual is inherent in a teapot.
What are the secrets to making fine functional teapots? In this workshop, our objective is to produce teapots that are well designed aesthetically, ergonomically, and functionally. Potters and aficionados of fine pots talk about pots with attitude. Examples are the wares of Josh DeWeese, Chandra DeBuse, and Ron Meyers. These fully functional wares make bold individual statements. In this case we are particularly concerned about the qualities of “attitude” that attract attention and make people want to pick up and use our teapots. The best-designed utilitarian vessels often radiate excitement and energy and seem waiting for an opportunity to serve their intended function. With these things in mind, we will investigate the interrelationship of body, foot, handle, spout, lid, and gallery with the objective of coordinating all into the design and creation of lively teapots that look good and work well.
Please see Instructor's Bio - Vince Pitelka