Teapot Accessory Improv
Beginning in 2010, potters Patti Connor-Greene, Sue Grier & Denise Woodward-Detrich unofficially began The Improv Girls Of Clay. They set out to meet periodically at each other’s studios to talk about teapots, clay techniques & an assortment of other topics. At one point during the first year, they decided to embark on a collaborative experiment with the exchange of the different parts of the teapot – spouts, bodies & lids – what fun that turned out to be. As the rest of the year passed & the date for Conversations With Teapots approached, the artists were aware of a desire to keep working together and so, The Improv Girls Of Clay officially came into formation.
What you see today for the 2012 Celebration of the Center for Visual Art at Clemson is yet another exploration. Teapot Accessory Improv is their most recent twist to their Teapot Improv Collaboration of 2010. For this iteration they have selected a teapot from one and created a creamer & sugar, tray, tea bowls or cups to respond or echo the teapot. Deciding what aspect of the teapot to use as points of departure, to play with the combined ‘Denise-ness’, ‘Sue-ness’, or ‘Patti-ness’ of the teapot and accessories was part of this creative challenge. There is the teapot by Denise Woodward-Detrich, six tea bowls by Patti Connor-Greene and a tray with creamer and sugar by Sue Grier.