Turning and Burning
March 16, 2010
Entry Details

# 879
Terry Scott
Auckland , **
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   6
  Height:   6
  Depth:   6
Materials:   American Maple
Airbrushed acrylics
Dry brushed acrylics  

As a born and bred New Zealander, I have  been exposed from birth to the unrestricted beauty mother nature provides; an explosive visual symphony that all Kiwis freely enjoy. Our ever-changing landscape coupled with the diverse range of timbers available serve to continually inspire. Such an environment fosters my innate passion and lifelong commitment to all things wood.

Through the years my work has evolved to its current creations that involve the use of wings as a visual medium. This teapot, the second in a series, provokes both the "how was that done?" and a sense of movement. It has been said there is a high degree of skill and resolve in my work, yet the end result often appears light and free flowing. I delight in stretching the boundaries of accepted convention as is evident through my winged vessel collection. A desire for innovation and learning of new skills has enabled me to experiment both with texture and form.


This Teapot was turned as one piece firstly mounted between centers to form the wings handle and spout. The exterior of the vessel was then turned so the  body/vessel appears to be separate from the wings. The small bead between wings and vessel draw the eye to the graceful intersection point. The curve of the exterior form was achieved by studying Catenary curves and applying the ratio of the golden mean.

The interior was then turned and sanded to a smooth finish. Next, with the help of real tea leaves from a tree in our garden, I was able to use these as a template to lay out overlapping leaves. A tedious carving and texturing process took place to give the leaves an appearance of floating on the wood surface. Three feet were incorporated into the stalks of three leaves.


The Pyrography detail to the leaves was added with a scalpel type blade made by beating a wire with a hammer on an anvil and sharpening. This was then used to further highlight the detail by undercutting all the leaves. The texture of the wings was achieved by holding the scalpel  blade on its side in a rotational manner touched to the surface with an upward twist of the wrist. A lot of effort was placed in this texturing to gain an evenness and not end up with lines of texture.   

My main priority in  this creation was to in fact make a whimsical item that had the believable reality that it could in fact be used to serve tea.


To achieve the tea color base, I made up a pot of tea and left for a week with six tea bags. This was then used with the aid of a spray gun to coat the work evenly, lifting the grain. The work had to have another session of poker work to remove all the raised fuzzies.

After the piece was dry, I used an airbrush and dry brushing with translucent paints to highlight the extensive detail. Many techniques that I have learnt by attending demonstrations and symposiums have all contributed to the overall concept and inspiration of this work.
To those that have contributed to this raft of information, I thank you.


Judges Comments
Andi : The surface techniques make me want to hold this piece to explore it in great detail. The combination of burning, carving and the interesting turned vessel is very appealing.
Graeme : Great concept, the tea leaf pattern and stain is very appropriate and well done. I think I'd prefer to see the pot without the wings and the way the end of the spout hangs out there disturbs the eye a little.
Molly : This piece is a prime example of a very effective blend of turning and burning. Pyrography is used in multiple purposes including texturing, detailing, and carving. Beautifully done.

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