Teapots, Wall Pieces, and Jewelry

I'm slightly further than this... ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress
I’m slightly further than this… slightly ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

It’s true, you haven’t had many in process posts here recently. Mostly it’s because I’m neck deep in started works, but just haven’t had many finished pieces recently (aside from the giant group piece I made with the Alchemists.)

I’m in the boring to document stage of a teapot, I still need to to finish off those earrings I’ve been working on (and make a few

We stumbled upon three frisky foxes at the Montreal Botanical Gardens ©2014 WTEK
We stumbled upon three frisky foxes at the Montreal Botanical Gardens ©2014 WTEK

more pairs.) Plus I have some wall pieces constantly brewing on the back burner.

So I am working and there are new pieces to be revealed, I just need to make it to the next stage before unleashing them on the world. Plus, I was actually on vacation the last week and 1/2, so I’m doing all the catch-up from that. But seriously, I am working in the studio.

New Vessel in the Works

And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK
And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK
Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK
Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK

Remember that piece I had the sketch for last week? I’ve been hammering away getting the base shape done. It’s all raised and now I just need to shore up the shape and decide on planishing (probably) or not and leaving the texture from the raising process. The next step after that will be paper mock-ups of the series of overlapping metal parts that will be riveted over the open part of this piece. They’ll be similar to that silver necklace I just made. Very armadillo-y. I even know in advance how I’ll put the base on. Imagine that!

All raised up! ©2014 WTEK
All raised up! ©2014 WTEK
It'll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK
It’ll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK

Raising Away

Round One

I started another raising project last weekend. I always forget how physically difficult this process is. I had an idea while I was making the last teapot that I decided to work on and it involves flat raising a nice straight walled vessel. This will at some point be turned upside down, cut up, added onto, etc. But right now I’m stuck in the slow, slow process of raising the initial form. I have to take lots of breaks and only do a little bit each day. Particularly since I got worn out with all the business we got for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at the Guild Store. I definitely think the move to Queen St. was worth it! But for now, I leave you with this images. It might not look like it, but each one is a further step in the whole raising process.

The next step.
Further Along
Where I’m at now. Seriously, this has moved since the last photo.