Friday, April 20, 2012

Improv Girls at the Clemson University Arts Gala!

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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Impromtu Improv gathering

Last Wednesday (March 14th) just prior to the unloading of the Clemson Anagama, we found ourselves all in the same place. Here are spring-like shots of Lake Hartwell, near Clemson - where Patti & Dan were camping.

more on our meeting from Pot Belly Deli!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The next teapot adventure starts now...

A month or two ago, we had decided to pursue vases for our next Improv venture. However, an opportune suggestion from a friend has caused us to re-visit teapots yet again. Here are our choices for the next step. We have exchanged finished teapots and will each make two other accessories for each teapot not of our own creating. Follow along. The due date will be mid-April.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

5th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament

18 Hands Gallery

A unique destination in the Houston Heights!

UPCOMING: International Texas Teapot Tournament!
Todd Burns, untitle red teapotJack Rotar, Friends from another planetSnail teapot

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14th, 6-9PM at 249-B W. 19th Street in the Houston Heights.
18 Hands Gallery is proud to jointly sponsor this exciting exhibition, along with CAMEO, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting ceramics and emerging ceramic artists. Join us to view the more than 60 teapots by an international cast of clay artists!

Here are the entries Sue has in the Exhibition:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Life is good...

What a great promotion...

As I was gathering our teapots back from Columbia, I saw that Donna Green & Southern Pottery Workcenter & Gallery want to promote handmade in a positive way - "Choose Local Craft". Wonderful!