Monet Comes for Tea

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Shaina Lipsey

Monet Comes for Tea

$415

7 piece Tea Set

This set is part of a series inspired by the colour palettes of impressionist paintings. The depth of colour is achieved by applying at least three layers of textured underglaze at the green-ware stage, after which a white porcelain slip is applied before bisque firing. It is a feast for both your eyes and hands as the textured slip application reminds the user that this piece is handmade. The straight sided form allows for the maximum vertical surface area on which to apply the decoration. I love the interplay of the creamy coloured mid-fire porcelain body and the painted surfaces. The calm of the un-decorated clay next to the vibrant layers of colour brings balance to the piece.

Mid-fire porcelain body with multiple layers (minimum 3) of textured underglaze applied using a mono printing mat. Decoration is finished with the application of a second, whiter mid-fire porcelain slip. Final glaze application: clear. Fired to cone ^6 electric.

Teapot: Height (without knob) – 11.4 cm, Height (including knob) – 13.9 cm
Width (body only) – 14.6 cm, Width (including spout and handle) – 24.1 cm
Volume - 1095 ml
Weight – 1.35 kg
Teacup: Height – 7 cm, Width – 8.8 cm, Volume - 237 ml, Weight - 189 gm

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Artist's Statement

I create functional ware in both mid fire porcelain and stoneware. Colour and texture play a large role in my designs and I aim to create forms that call out to be handled and touched and used. Most of my pieces hold a subtle surprise that your eyes may not have noticed, but your hands will find. In creating texture on a piece of smooth stone, I aim to engage with the user every time my pieces are held. It’s a reminder that we are all connected; from my hands and heart to yours.

In my most recent work I’ve been exploring how decoration can influence form. My shapes have responded to my love of decoration by becoming more vertical, providing an expanded surface that acts as my canvas. In the search for more surfaces that provide opportunities for adding colour, I will even add a horizontal plane to the rim of a bowl. I love the juxtaposition of bold colours and textures against the smooth calm and white of porcelain. I often take my inspiration for colour from Impressionist paintings.

I aim to imbue my stoneware with a sense of movement that can be seen in the flow of the glaze as it turns to glass. Taking a strong influence from the clean lines of Asian ceramics and the fun of FiestaWare, my shapes are more organic but the fun (and often vibrant colour) remains.

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