Turned wood teapot, to be included in an upcoming show at the Fuller Craft Museum Part 1

Some of you might be wondering if a real teapot be made of wood. The truthful answer is, unfortunately, no. Wood is obviously not the best container for hot water. Therefore, the piece that I will describe to you here is solely a decorative art piece rather than a functional tea pot.

It all began on an early spring morning back in 2002. I was approaching the Harvard Museum of Natural History for a quick visit when I noticed a group of pruned branches lying on the ground near an old Maple tree. Upon first glance, I was inspired to make something out of them. I grew quite excited by the interplay between their color, grain, and unique patterns of decay which, through my artist’s eyes, signaled a great deal for aesthetic potential. I knew immediately that I would like to turn them into something special.

I used the branches to create more than one piece.  I turned one into a bowl called "State of the Union" that appeared in 500 Wood Bowls (Lark, 2004).

Another branch was turned into a smaller bowl that was, unfortunately, broken to many pieces before I completed it. The remains of this bowl collected dust on a shelf in my studio for two years before I received (and accepted) an invitation to build a teapot for The Teapot Redefined show at Mobilia gallery in Cambridge. When I began to brainstorm ideas for the teapot, I recalled the broken bowl. After sketching a few options I realized it would be perfect to use as the foundation for the new piece. 

Another piece in the teapot puzzle I had to consider was the lid. In the spirit of using reclaimed materials, I recalled that I once found a lid made of silver, possibly from a sugar container. I thought that this lid might complement the design and couture of the pot. So, after a few more sketches a scale drawing emerged, charting my course of action.


Stay tuned to my next blog entry where I will continue to explain how I made this piece. 

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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.