Teapots have been the catalyst and primary focus of Annette Corcoran’s work for more than forty years. Her medium is porcelain, a white clay body—made predominately of the mineral kaolin—that can withstand very high firing temperatures. Despite its
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Annette Corcoran
Hummingbird with Flowers Teapot

2017

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Teapots have been the catalyst and primary focus of Annette Corcoran’s work for more than forty years. Her medium is porcelain, a white clay body—made predominately of the mineral kaolin—that can withstand very high firing temperatures. Despite its ultimate durability, porcelain is extremely fragile and requires care and diligence to work with successfully. Its pure white color makes it an ideal surface for the jewel-like colors central to her work. Over time, Corcoran developed an astonishingly complex process involving multiple firings and glaze treatments. Using the potter’s wheel and various hand-building techniques, she throws numerous closed forms that eventually become either a bird or teapot. Using these forms she designs her pieces, hand-building and attaching each clay component. After they are bisque-fired (a first firing without glaze) she creates detailed drawings of each one, working out patterns and color schemes with colored pencil. Although these function as guides for her glazing process, they are wonderful artworks in their own right. Next, with an airbrush she applies brightly colored underglazes—a mixture composed mostly of clay, water, and colorants—to the vessels. In order to maintain the brilliant and subtle values of her colors, she fires at a much lower temperature than is customary for porcelain. This is a time-consuming process that requires individual firings after each application to ensure a crisp and vivid finish. Finally, she applies a matte glaze and fires the pot to its highest temperature. Then, with a minute sable brush, she adds tiny, defining drops and dashes of color and fires one last time. **Not recommended to be used as an actual teapot. Decorative only.**

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  • Artist
    Annette Corcoran (American)
  • Creation Year
    2017
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 7.75 in. x W 12 in. x D 4.5 in.H 19.69 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 11.43 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Carmel-by-the-sea, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU4985326922
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