RMUTT Student Creates Pottery Art: Wood-Shaped Tea Set
The Wood-shaped tea set was created by Ms. Phapphim Puangthong in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Ceramics, Department of Art and Technology Design, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at RMUTT.
Ms. Phapphim said that she chose to create a tea set for her art thesis because of the trend of drinking tea, which is becoming increasingly popular nowadays as it is believed to have numerous health benefits. She used the shape of wood from trees as a guide to create the tea set to indirectly mimic nature due to immense deforestation, combined with today’s generation continually using wood as a substitute material because of its beautiful patterns and accessibility. Thus, Ms. Phapphim decided to create a wood-shaped tea set as pottery art, in order to reduce the cutting of real trees.
The five wood-shaped tea sets have a combined 30 pieces, which include teapots with lids (4 pieces) with a width of 15 cm and height of 20 cm, teapots with a lids (1 piece) with a width of 15 cm and height of 15 cm, trays to put teacups (5 pieces) with a width of 15 cm and height of 10 cm, and teacups (20 pieces) with a width of 4 cm and height of 5 cm.
To make the wood-shaped tea set, Ms. Phapphim started by drawing a sketch and experimented with color to design the tea set. Stoneware clay was burned at a temperature of 800°C so the tea set has natural colors and is indicative of wood. Furthermore, the clay was coated with transparent coating and burned at a temperature of 1,230°C. Afterwards, there were trials to experiment with color shading by using the theory of Line Blending. After the design was complete, the tea set was ready for production. The tea set was independently formed by making the clay body have a similar texture to wood patterns. The clay body was rolled into a sheet and assembled to make a teapot, including the tea funnel and teapot handle. The tray to put teacups was independently formed by rolling the clay body into a sheet. Ms. Phapphim laid the finishing touches then burned the tray in an electric furnace at a temperature of 800°C. After the tray has been burned, she colored the tray using oxide color and wiped the color off. Then she coated the tray with transparent coating and burned the tray at a temperature of 1,230°C.
The wood-shaped tea set, an idea inspired by nature, was one of many ideas by Thai students and deserves another round of applause for helping preserve the environment.