This traditional copper etching is about taking time out with a cup of tea to contemplate. In our busy lives, it is these small rituals that can have the effect of creating space in a day. Bring back the teapot, as a habit to create a little time for yourself and bring yourself back to the present. This image is derived from a silver teapot that was owned by my Grandmother, who always preferred the teapot over the teabag.
This miniature etching 5 x 5cm is titled Contemplation. The plate is handmade, inked up by hand and turned through an etching press. Limited to just 10 archival prints on 100% cotton paper. Free postage inside Australia or Aus$20 anywhere else in the world.
Etching is a printmaking technique that dates back to the sixteenth century in Europe. The copper plate is prepared with an acid resitant ground. Lines are then drawn into the ground using ascribe (pointed tool). The plate is immersed in a chemical bath and the drawn lines are eaten away creating the image which is then printed. Printing is also a labour intensive process, whereby ink is rubbed into the surface of the plate and wiped back by the artist and requires an etching press to transfer the image onto the paper. I feel connected to the history of this centuries old process when I make this work.