A while back I saw these remarkable lampwork glass beads on Etsy, created by an artist that lives in Israel. I was so drawn to the beads that I purchased a set. I had them sitting in the original box for months and months. I knew the perfect piece would come along to make the connection. Finally, I decided that I was going to make some smaller fish teapots. I constructed my first batch of three. I made sure to only create holes for five wires, just in case one of these fish would be the recipient of the very special beads. In a flash of inspiration, it came to me that I was going to mimmick the design on the beads, stripes and dots through the glaze decoration on the fish. I'm so thrilled with the way that this fish finished up. I really do love her. When I named her, the first thing that came to mind was the Cha Cha, so that's her name. Sometimes it really is best to go with the first thing that comes to mind!
Made from soft stoneware clay, I throw the ring and base on the potter's wheel and then go to work adding handbuilt embellishments that bring her to life. To add a bit of fantasy to this gal I've added long flirtatious eyelashes made of wire, her lips have been plumped and rouged.
I've been trying to add a feeling of movement to my fish. I'd like to get them to the point where you feel like they're jumping for joy. As with all of my decorative teapots, this girl isn't practical to use. Because of her plump lips, she's a bit of a drooler. But if you want to spoof your friends at your next tea party, bring her out!
Dimensions will be approximately 9" wide 8.5" high by 5" deep.
This fishy teapot is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for her to be created. I have another set of fabulous lampwork beads that are almost identical in color to the ones in this listing.
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International shipping? Yes, most listings are available for international shipping. Larger items are excluded due to the high cost.
My goal is to make my customers happy. If you are not 100% thrilled with your purchase - do not hesitate to contact me. Not a problem returning the item. Just send me an Etsy Conversation first. Time-frame for returns is 14 days from the date that you received the item. You will be refunded the cost of the piece not to include shipping charges, minus a 10% restocking fee. Your refund will be in the same form of payment used to place your order. Please be sure to insure the shipment. And, yes, you are also responsible for paying shipping charges to return the item. Unfortunately I cannot refund if the item arrives broken and is not insured. If you'd prefer to exchange for another piece, not a problem, just let me know.
Gifts- if you received item(s) as a gift, I understand that the 14 day rule for returns may be difficult, for that reason I will accept gift returns within a reasonable number of days. Please send me an Etsy Conversation. If a gift is returned you have two options: 1) You may receive a Gift Certificate or 2) You can elect to have the buyer be credited for the purchase price of the item, less the restocking fee.
Personalized items- if we collaborate on a personalized item, I will provide communications as well as photos along the way through the process. I will only proceed with your approval. Because great care is taken to ensure your approval, returns cannot be made on personalized items.