Silverleaf Bonsai Tree Reassembled Ring Teapot

12” tall x 17” wide x 7” deep, cone 5 oxidation firing

Photo by Jon Barber

I have begun naming my teapots after ideas, moods, animals, or shapes which their finished compositions and colors suggest to me, rather than after their cross-section profile and glaze color. This teapot has a kind of “Liberty Bell” cross section, but it floats like a Japanese bonsai tree, so I gave it that name. For the finial I added curving plantlike tendrils to the lid just in front of the handle. I like the way the composition is cantilevered to the right over the oval base. I think the user would need two hands to pour tea from this teapot. The glaze is a particularly rich soft lavender gray color I called “silver leaf.”

This Teapot is held in a private collection in Bloomington, Michigan

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