Archive | July, 2014

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High Tea Diorama

This diorama of two bears drinking tea together was created as a window dressing for the jewelry company Tiffany & Co., by the window dresser and illustrator Robert Heitmann. Heitmann created whimsical, seasonal window decorations for Tiffany & Co. from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s, which were often based on classic children’s literature. […]

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When Pigs Fly

This large teapot sculpture was created by the quilter and bead artist Thom Atkins, and takes the form of a pig riding a winged-dragon. In this sculpture, the spout of the teapot is formed from the open mouth of the dragon, while the handle is formed from the tail of the dragon, which curls upward […]

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Park Hall Teapot

This teapot was decorated by the renowned porcelain painter William Billingsley. Billingsley began his career working for Royal Crown Derby, though later worked for many other manufacturers, as well as his own pottery factory at one time, and his own decorating business in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire for a time as well. Billingsley was especially well known […]

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Grey Bros. 4zz’s

This painting is by the contemporary American artist Gladys Nilsson, who is known for her colorful, often surreal figurative watercolor paintings. She currently teaches painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). During the 1960s and 70s, Nilsson was a part of a loose collection of artists called the Chicago Imagists, or […]

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Hidden Identitea

This teapot sculpture is by the contemporary ceramicist Laura, or “Red,” Weldon Sandlin. Sandlin was born in Owensboro, KY, and now lives and works in Decatur Georgia. She began her artistic career as a graphic designer, and switched to clay after taking a ceramics class. Since then, she has been largely self-taught. Sandlin’s ceramic sculptures […]

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Aircraft Carrier Teapot

  This teapot sculpture by ceramicist Gerry Wallace takes the surprising form of an aircraft carrier warship, which sits on a separate base made in the shape of ocean waves. The spout of the teapot is formed from an airplane at the bow of the aircraft carrier, and the handle is formed of a curling […]

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Luck & Flaw Caricature Teapots

These teapots were designed by British satirists Roger Law (b. 1941) and Peter Fluck (b. 1941), who first met and became friends in art school. Each had independent careers illustrating and cartooning before forming the partnership Luck & Flaw in 1975. They began creating three-dimensional caricatures of public figures, which were shown in The New […]

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Hair Teapot and Cup

This teapot, teacup, and saucer were created by the fiber artist Annin Barrett, who lives and works in Oregon and teaches textiles, art, design, and art history at The Art Institute of Portland. Barrett works primarily in sheep’s wool and human hair to create hand-felted sculptures and flat artworks. This tea set was created from […]

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Tea Infuser, Model No. MT 49

  This teapot was designed by Marianne Brandt, an important designer of the Bauhaus School. Brandt first made this teapot while she was a student at the Bauhaus in 1924, and showed this example in an exhibition in Leipzig in 1927, when it was purchased by the Jossé family. It was produced in silver-plated brass, with […]

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Richard Notkin’s Yixing Teapots

    These teapots by the contemporary ceramicist Richard Notkin were created as part of his Yixing series of teapots. Though Notkin is an American artist, many of his works pay homage to traditional styles and forms of the teapots of the Yixing region of China, particularly in the small scale of the teapots and […]

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