Each of my pieces is unlike another. I'm always driven to add another twist
or elevate a concept to the next level. The original funnel-lidded camp stove
teapots evolved through many iterations into the boiler tank teapots of my
Pipe Dream series. They sprouted legs and then more legs. Pressure gauges
were added. One cylinder gave way to three. The Pipe Dream family tree
sprouted the Industrial Strength Tea branch containing some larger scale

Still, if it's called a teapot I believe you should be able to use it to brew and
serve tea. Pipe Dream #5 is a good example. Although it consists of five
  cylinders they are all interconnected into one volume. The spout was
  constructed so that tea pours from the lowest point. Just drop in some tea,
 add hot water, steep, and pour.

My process incorporates many tools and techniques. Many pieces begin
with a lot of time spent making two-part plaster molds of pipe assemblies.
One-part molds of bisqued clay are made to shape the nuts and bolts. Most
of the vessels bodies are thrown on the wheel. Press-molded 'pipes' become
handles or are hollowed out for spouts. 'Sheet metal' trays and spouts on
some pieces are folded from leather hard slabs. Mugs are carved to
simulate poorly lapped metal and the screw heads on the outside have
matching nuts on the inside.

Not everything I make is bolted together. I've begun exploring other insights
with Urban Garden. It's an homage to persistance and perseverance. This
wall art piece is made from a white stoneware and finished with nine glazes.
Urban Garden is alone on a page of other work because it is just the first of
a planned series. Other inspirations are waiting for their turns to be created.