It’s teapottime in Pittsburgh – lots of felted goodness!

TeapotTime returns to Morgan Contemporary Gallery

Teapot time at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

 

Again it’s teapottime! The Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh has Teapots!11, an annual, invitational exhibition devoted to the subject of teapots. The show has works made by 61 contemporary artists.

Surprisingly, not all of the teapots are made of glass. Almost every media imaginable has been used. There are pieces made from textiles, metals, wood, ceramic and, of course, glass. The two botanical shaped teapots above are made by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever out of ….can you guess? Polymer clay!

Last year’s exhibit had 21 textile pieces, some of which I wrote about HERE. This year’s show has 13 artists exhibiting textile teapots. In addition to paper, fabric and thread, there is quite a lot of fabulous felt! Below is a quick review of five artists who work in the medium of felt.

Below, are two felted pieces by local artist, Rae Gold. While she doesn’t have a website, you can find her work by searching Google. These vessels incorporate very impressive feltmaking; for example, there’s the fitted lid and the multiple levels of holes/craters. Plus, each one stands on four legs! Very cool! The glass piece in the middle is by Robert Mickelsen and is made of flame worked borosilicate glass, according to the catalog.(Can you tell that I’ve no idea what that means?!)

 

Teapot Time - two felted ones by Rae Gold and in the middle a glass teapot by Robert Mickelsen.

 

 

Next is another textural, felted teapot by Shelley Jones. Her piece is funnily titled ‘Lichen the Tea.’ You can see more of her teapots on Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery’s wonderful online catalog. While I don’t know Shelley, I recently became acquainted with her website because we are both in Pam de Groots’ wonderful online class. Do check out Shelley’s very detailed feltmaking. She creates AMAZING felted jewelry!

Teatime - Shelley Jones 'Lichen the Tea' felted teapot.

 

 

Also included, are felted teapots made by Pam MacGregor. She often combines found objects in her work. This piece is another that has word play in the title – ‘Hunting For Tea.’  It’s made of Finnish wool, brass rifle shells, hand stitching and a re-purposed brass stand.

 

Teapottime with Pam MacGregors mixed media felted teapot.

 

 

Another mixed media feltmaker is Ellen Silberlicht, who combines raku fired ceramics with feltmaking. She’s newly retired from teaching art for 15 years and is enjoying her creative energies. You can also find her on Instagram.

Teapottime with Ellen Silberlict's mixed media ceramic / felted teapot.

 

 

Lastly, is a mixed media felted piece by Meryl Ruth who works in ceramics and various textile media. According to gallery’s catalog, this piece, ‘Felted Delft Teapot’, has some interesting materials – Fosshape, fabric paint, merino wool, gold leaf, thread. I’m not sure how or where the Fosshape is incorporated in this piece, but have read of it being used in costuming. Perhaps the handle or….?

A search on Pinterest for Fosshape proves stimulating. Although, I can see that some of the images on Pinterest are actually felted;  it’s easy to recognize the work of other feltmakers who concentrate on creating hats.

 

Teapottime of Meryl Ruth's mixed media teapot - titled 'Felted Delft Teapot.'

 

 

Above is only a small selection of the teapots. There are lots of other neat textile ones! So, if you are able to, catch Teapots!11 at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. It runs until June 10th. See the website for more TeapotTime details and the catalog.

Also, if you’re able to catch this exhibit or any exhibitions that feature feltmaking, please let me know by commenting. The comment section can be found way down below. Thanks!

 

2 Responses

  1. Meryl Ruth

    I created one of the teapots that you have displayed on your blog. My name is Meryl Ruth and I created Felted Delft Teapot above. I wanted to clarify for you how I used Foss Shape and other medium on this teapot. The entire teapot was made by original pattern pieces cut from a white Foss Shape. Foss Shape is a commercial felt like material that when heated hardens. To harden this material one can use a hot air gun or an industrial fabric steamer. I use both methods plus I also use an oven to harden the material even more. First I silkscreened imagery onto the Foss Shape using fabric paint and then sewed the original pattern pieces together to make the teapot. I then carefully felted all the blue areas using a royal blue Merino wool. All the detail is done via the felting technique. I also airbrushed some fuchsia fabric paint onto areas and finally added gold leaf. In my research I could not find any other examples of folks felting Foss Shape. I describe my techniques on my website: http://www.merylruth. Happy felting.

  2. FeltHappiness

    Thank you Meryl Ruth for commenting and explaining how you work with Foss Shape! I would not have imagined that the vessel part had it – really fascinating!

    It’s really intriguing and YES, I do believe that your use of it is unique within the felting community. The ones that I saw from a quick Foss Shape search were entirely wet felted.

    For readers: Do check out Meryl’s website which explains in detail how she made this beautiful and elaborate sculpture –> http://www.merylruth.com/index_files/felteddelftteapot.html