Most furniture designers I’ve met seem to have one particular career dream in common. They want to design one good chair. They might design hundreds in the process, but they’ve after that ultimate goal - one good chair.
A similar idea has always struck me as a silversmith. I’ve wanted to make a teapot. It doesn’t have to be good, I just want to make one. Well, let’s be honest – start with one, then probably make more because I’m a stubborn individual and I can see myself wanting to push myself further. But first to get over that initial hurdle and make A teapot.
Perhaps it stems from the traditional “job” of a silversmith, that is to make hollow forms from flat sheets of silver – so many well known silversmiths made teapots. They can be so diverse in design yet remain functional. For me it is also the challenge of making a relatively big object, the complexities of not only looking good, but also pouring well, a comfortable handle to hold that doesn’t get hot.
I was trained in the traditional skills of Silversmithing and love the making process. My first silver piece was a Sake Set, I later made a silver vessel and cup set, A Drink for Two – but not yet a teapot.
The “ I want to make a teapot” thought has been lingering in the back of my mind for a few years. It’s a big project to undertake, and I think it’s always sat on the backburner as other things always seem more pressing. But 2017, you’re the year I’ll make a teapot.
And then a few weeks ago, as if someone has tapped into my thoughts, I received an email asking if I would like to make new work for an exhibition titled A Ritual of Tea. So now there is also a concrete deadline for this teapot. For those that know me, the threat of a deadline is a good thing.
It’s time to make that teapot.