The Kamm Teapot Collection is a comprehensive look at the teapot through the lens of art. The collection encompasses historical decorative arts, industrial design icons, unique works of contemporary art, novelty teapots, and teapot-related artifacts. The collection is international in scope, includes all media, dates from the 17th to 21rst centuries, and numbers over 17,000 objects.

Featured Teapots

These contemporary ceramists use the teapot form as a canvas for painting. They use underglazes and glazes to create cityscapes, landscapes and enigmatic images. See more like these in the Ceramics category of the collection.


Learn about the teapots in these writings that explore the collection. Discover the many artistic themes and ideas behind the works. Read about the makers, and see special teapots.

Christina Y. Smith, "The Ranch" 1999. Sterling silver,

Christina Smith

The American artist Christina Y. Smith (b. 1951) “[grew] up in a family where tea was important.”[i] She remembers receiving her first tea service at

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Gail Ritchie, "Birch Bark Tea Set" 1983.

Gail Ritchie Teapots

“I like my work to speak, delight, amuse, and surprise…”[i] -Gail Ritchie Since the 1970s the American artist Gail Ritchie (b. 1947) has created work

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Sonny and Gloria Kamm

Los Angeles residents Sonny and Gloria Kamm have collected teapots for over 35 years. Their interest in teapots began as an adjunct to their collection of contemporary art and led to a passion that has resulted in the world’s largest and most comprehensive teapot collection. The Kamm Teapot Foundation was established to preserve and maintain the teapot collection.

Kamm Teapot Collection Sonny and Gloria Kamm