Circus Arrival Teapot - © Hank Hall (2012)
This 2012 Artisans Road Trip artist spot light is on Hank Hall of Spirit Lake!
Hank Hall - proprietor and resident artist of Art on 16th in Olde Town Spirit Lake - continues his fascination with making one-of-a-kind teapots. Recently, his "Circus Arrival" teapot was selected for the 23rd Annual Teapot Show "On the Road Again" which opens in Chicago on April 1. For the third year in a row, Hank has entered and been selected for this prestigious exhibit of hand-crafted teapots.
"Circus Arrival" includes wheel-thrown and altered clay parts, acrylic paint, and a handle made from copper tubing, resin elephants and a wooden ball. The high-fire glazed interior also makes it a fully functional teapot. Hank says he enjoyed figuring out the handle and searching for the "right elephants" to complement the elephant-like body. "Circus Arrival" will be on display at Watertower Place on N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago between April 1 and May 15, at Chiaroscuro gallery, Suite 3050.
Hank has participated in the Artisans Road Trip at Art on 16th since he re-purposed Joe Lieb's long-time woodworking shop into an art studio and gallery in 2007 and before that at Carnegie Hall Artworks, also in Spirit Lake. Generally viewed as a potter and mixed media artist, Hank continues to create one-of-kind teapots along with his distinctive abstract drawings and paintings. An Iowa Arts Council-sanctioned teaching artist, he also offers art classes to people of all ages to help them turn up their creativity and experience success working with materials. His extensive schedule of summer art classes is released to the public by April 1. Along with Hank's work, Art on 16th represents the work of nearly 20 other area fine artists and has regular hours starting in May, with appointments available year round. More information about Hank and Art on 16th is available at www.hankhallarton16th.com or by calling 712.330.6007.
Join us again soon for more great artists and happenings from the 2012 Artisans Road Trip!