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The Emperor's Penguin Purse is a ceramic teapot in the form of a purse with penguin attributes.

  • A functional teapot hand-built exclusively of stoneware paperclay.
  • Press mold used for the quilting component.
  • Construction sequence: First fired to cone 06. Air-brushed with underglazes. Clear glaze then applied over this. Refired to cone 6. Lusters applied. Fired twice more to cone 017 and 018.
  • Size: 15.0" x  8.5" x 6.0".
  • Date: 2006.
  • Featured at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Clay and the Transferred Image, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ; and Form and Grace and Whimsy, Small Group Show, Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA.
  • Sold.

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Creative Process

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  • This is actually the second version of this piece. It was originally construcged of combined porcelain and stoneware clay, but suffered an unfortunate destructive accident during its first kiln firing.
  • This version, made of stoneware paperclay, is a further development, with taloned claws added among other embellishments.
  • Preliminary process photographs of both versions are juxtaposed here to show the differences.
  • Early in the course of the construction of the original piece, it emerged as penguin-like in shape. Thus, I went with that thought as I continued to sculpt the purse in the figure of a penguin.
  • Subsequently, I gave it the colors of an emperor penguin, using air-brush techniques and glazing finishes.

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