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Imperial Dragon Teapot by OllyChimera Imperial Dragon Teapot by OllyChimera
A Chinese dragon teapot. I made the body by coiling clay and attaching it to the base. I made the lid separately and adjusted it to fit the opening of the pot. The tail is a solid coil. The spout was rolled as a flat slab of clay and shaped into a cylinder, then attached to the base. The dragon has berry branches draped over the base of its neck, and tiny wings form the knob of the lid.

The glaze acted strange in the kiln though, as every part that is brown should have been white. The inside turned white as it should; you'll see it in the multi-view of this piece I put up here: [link]

The teapot is functional and quite large; about 18 inches long at the widest point. It took first place in the functional category in a local teapot show.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! 
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! It's my favorite clay piece by far, and also my largest glazed piece.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it is stunning! 
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you again!
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the blended glaze :) How do you do that?
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I put a few coat of the first color down, and then applied a few more coats of the second color I was having the first blend in to.
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Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So gorgeous!
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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LynnDuffy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Olly,

Wow. This is a terrific piece. The detail on it is great. Even tho the glaze gave you a problem it came out so very well. I think you did a fantastic job of the actual modeling of it. I like how you made the wings form the knob of the lip.

I don't do clay sculpting but do work in ceramics. I don't have my own Kiln. I sure would love to get one tho. I have to take mine to our local ceramic shop to have them fired.
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I don't own a kiln either, but I'd love to get one some time in the future when I can afford one. For now I'm able to have access to the ones in my old high school.
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LynnDuffy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They really are expensive aren't they. You add all the supplies on top of it and it start's adding up. Just the molds I use alone cost a small fortune.

I need to learn to make my own silicone molds, I do more of the plaster art than the ceramics because hydro stone is not quite as expensive and you dont have to fire it.
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh definitely, let alone getting a wheel for throwing pottery. I've never really done anything with plaster. Regular clay is easiest for me to work with even though it needs firing and glazing. I have some sculpy clay as well, but I don't like working with it very much. I stick to little things with sculpy so I don't have to worry about making frames or having pieces fall off.
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LynnDuffy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried the sculpy clay once. I didn't care for working with it. Never really worked with regular clay or a wheel. It looks like fun to do.

I can see me making a big mess with it tho and it calapsing in the middle while using a wheel. lol.
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Working on a wheel can make a mess, but pretty much all wheels have splash pans to catch any excess clay. It's really relaxing to make things on one.
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LynnDuffy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing your dragon teapot makes me want to try my hand at clay modeling tho.
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
You should, it's fun. The clay I use comes from Great Lakes Clay, you can order some from their website: [link] The cost is by the pound and it's pretty cheap for the materials, it's shipping where they get you though, but I'm lucky enough to be able to pick it up myself instead of getting it shipped to me. I suggest Buff or sierra buff to use, because that's what I use.
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CyndrotheStarFire Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i wantzzzz :XD:
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darkwings16 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, incredible:D
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ZEL94 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is awesome! I love the concept, and the finish on it is magnificent! Amazing work, congratulations!
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
absolutely gorgeous!
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cl2007 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
nicely done :D
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McCheesums Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT IS SO COOL!
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Stella-sama Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
coool!
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dragophethis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
That's pretty dang awesome. :3 Love it!
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tcrosscreations Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the coolest pieces I've seen in at least a week. Nice work! This is simply awesome.
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Demi-Plum Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I collect teapots and this one is really lovely~! you've done a great job!
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool, and thank you!
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Lostkavi Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I want this! I don't even like tea, but this is so uuber cool!! XD
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LordOfDragons Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
That's definitely a nice one. I'd use something like that for sure ^.=.^
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DragonEmotion Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice work, well done ^_^
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KutkuMegsan Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
This oriental piece is very beautiful ^o^
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Cardinalll Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cool! It turned out great, awesome job! :D
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ISeeTheLattice Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
..........O______________o............ this is simply incredible Olly!
The way you blended the glaze... it takes forever doesnt it?
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OllyChimera Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
A couple hours, but it's worth it to get the rich color. I had fun glazing the inside. I poured the glaze in, swished it around as I held my pot like a baby, and then poured the glaze out through the spout. :)
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