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featuring me in the last issue of London Potters Magazine.
As early as 2737 BC tea drinking was introduced as a medicinal drink by the Chinese Buddhist priests later introduced green tea into Japanese life. It first arrived in Britain in the 1650s, when it was served as a novelty in London’s coffee houses. America’s introduction to tea in 1700’s led to the infamous Boston Tea Party. Here are some of the Tea Pots and cups from members whose backgrounds are as varied as their work.
Ömer Öner chooses to make teapots because tea drinking in Turkey, his birth place, is a significant part of the culture; a way of socializing with friends and family at home, in tea houses and parks. “My father ran a tea house back in Turkey for years,” he tells me. “A teapot is not only a utilitarian vessel, it intersects both fine and decorative art, social rituals, metaphor and meaning, all in a pot.”
He realised clay released his creative potential when studying foundation art and design in 2015 at City Lit College. Motivated to continue his education, he graduated in 2021 with a BA in Ceramic Design from Central Saint Martin. Ömer’s teapots emerged during his final year of study and research into Skeuomorphs. He explains, “I collect door knobs, broken chair legs, metal found objects and use mould-making and slip casting processes to replicate and multiply these original objects”. “Having produced a collection of slip-casts, I start to assemble them into my teapots.” Robert Cooper first influenced him into putting disparate forms together. To define his forms and details, Ömer uses a transparent glaze on the porcelain body, or stained slip to produce monochrome bright colored vessels with a matt finish.
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