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The Decorated Teapot

graniteware-coffeepot

 

“Porcelain enameling is the  process of fusing a thin layer of glass to a metal object to prevent corrosion and to enhance its beauty. The base item is low carbon sheet iron formed in the shape of a utensil by pressing or drawing by spinning and by trimming. Handles spouts and ears are welded or riveted in place. The base item is cleaned by pickling in acid. A coating mixture of ground glass, clay and water is applied and dried. The ware is then fired in a furnace.”

Other names for this cook ware are granite ware, agate ware, glazed ware, granite steel ware, enamel ware and speckle ware.

Types of cooking utensils that were covered with this glaze were endless. Typical pieces were kettles, teapots, roasters, pots, pans, utensils, plates,cups, bowls, wash basins, pitchers and chamber pots. There were also butter churns, rolling pins, high chair trays, table tops, and toy cooking sets. Porcelain enamelware’s use was extended to stoves, iceboxes and sinks.

Beyond the Commodity

Liubov Popova Fabric Designs Watercolour on paper, mounted on paper 355 x 379 mm



Under capitalism, objects are created, bought, and sold as myriad commodities. But if we were to think about life after capitalism, what might our relationship to things be? Art historian Christina Kiaer discusses the innovations of Russian Constructivist artists in the early years of the Soviet Union and their attempts to reconfigure art, everyday objects, and human desire in a new society.

Listen: Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley – January 11, 2011 at 12:00pm