Sculptural form, 'Ceramic Parcel', stoneware, Joan Grounds, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1972
Sculptural form, entitled 'Ceramic Parcel', hand built, of unglazed stoneware, rectangular section, in the form of a postal parcel, the shrinkage and deliberate cracks from firing revealing the outline of a teapot and 2 cups inside. Applied stamps to upper right hand corner, with screen printed colour images, of Sydney Opera House, a mob of sheep and 2 maps of Australia set vertically, each 'stamp' postmarked 'Nov 1972 Sydney NSW'. The upper left hand corner with senders name and address in cursive script 'From J. Grounds, c/o M. Grounds/School of Architecture/University of Sydney/2010/N.S.W.' with forwarding address 'To Powell Street Gallery/20 Powell Street/South Yarra/Victoria 3141'. 'FRAGILE' and symbols of fragility (broken cup) printed across front and back.
The reverse of the parcel with 'Attention/David CHAPMAN/catalogue Piece #2/[one tea set/1 teapot/2 cups]' and 'Attention Frank/Catalogue Piece #/one tea set/1 teapot/2 cups'.