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A Family Affair

Ceramic Vessel

Created by Carol Tripp Martens
This piece will have people talking. A perfect centerpiece statement, it is created by throwing a bowl for the bottom section. Then the artist throws dozens of tiny cups off a large hump of clay. Each cup is then trimmed and a handle added, keeping the pieces leather hard, not allowing them to dry out. The cups are then added in stages using score and slip technique over a two week or so period. Then the rim piece is thrown to properly fit on the top. Very carefully and with painstaking accuracy she scores, slips, and adds the rim. The piece is bisque fired to 1945F. Black glaze is carefully sprayed on, taking care to cover each cup inside and out. The little red cup is balanced on and the piece is glaze fired to approximately 2200F.

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