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Beyond Function: Teapot as Cultural Metaphor

All levels                             1 day
       
Richard Wehrs’ extravagant, highly detailed teapots are explorations of flamboyance and excess, reminiscent of tropical flowers or the showy plumage exotic birds.  Wehrs will demonstrate various techniques for constructing his pieces, including the creation of textures, underglaze application, and gold-leafing that gives his work its distinctive style.  There will also be a slide talk showing his work, and important influences. See Wehrs’’s work in Identi-TEA, the 16th biennial teapot exhibition opening January 12, 2018.
       
$60 | non-members    
$54 | members
       
Delmar Clay Studio, 1st Floor
Instructor: Dick Wehrs
Jan 13        10A-5P                W0500
       
Richard Wehrs currently lives and works in Peoria, Illinois.  He earned his MFA in Art from SIUE, and taught ceramics and sculpture at John Burroughs School until turning his attention to more concentrated production.  He had a studio in the City Museum, where he was best known for his unique sculptural lamps and extravagant teapots, two were featured in Garth Clark’s book, “The Artful Teapot.”. Now is in his home, he continues to make work influenced by architecture, botany, and sheer whimsy.

 

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