Great Blue Heron Wading Reassembled Ring Teapot
17" tall x 11" wide x 7" deepPhoto by Jon Barber
I often review and contemplate sculptural ideas I have addressed in previous teapot compositions, and with this teapot I was thinking of my earlier “Grasshopper Leaping Reassembled Hollow Ring Teapot,” which has its 5 arc segments woven together to make two “see-throughs.” Here I made a triangular cross-section ring with long flaring “fins” on two points of the triangle. I tied the two largest arc segments together at both ends, making an elongated oval “see-through” at the bottom of the assembly, and added the other two arc segments above these arcs. I then composed a flared lid finial reminiscent of the headfeathers of the great blue heron, placed the spout where the heron’s beak would be, and glazed the completed teapot in the blue-gray colors of this large wading bird. I think the completed teapot exhibits the same slow, stately movements of this wonderful wild fish-eating summer visitor to our rural Vermont ponds and streams.
This teapot held in a private collection in Grand Rapids, Michigan.