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John Prip Experimental Teapot

John Prip (American, 1922-2009), "Experimental Teapot" ca. 1979. Sterling silver, 6.13 x 10.25 x 4.38 in. Kamm Collection 2017.19. Photo: David H. Ramsey. “…John Prip has set the standards of excellence in American metalsmithing…As an artist, he has stretched the horizons of the field. As a teacher, he has shared the results of his experiments [...]
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Cubism: Cornell and Berman

Erik Magnussen (Danish, 1884-1961) / Gorham Manufacturing Co. (Providence RI, 1831-). “Cubic Coffee Service” 1927. Sterling silver with patinated and gilt decoration, ivory, 9.5 x 21.5 x 13.38 in. Collection of RISD Museum, Providence RI. 1991.126.488. Photo: RISD Museum. When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim to discover Cubism. We only wanted [...]
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Industrial Teapots: Walker and Montgomery

Jason Walker, "Time Fisher" 2005. Porcelain, 10 x 20.25 x 6.5 in. Kamm Collection 2005.60.4. Photo: Kevin O'Dwyer. This blog post concentrates on another prevalent theme within the Kamm Teapot Collection, art influenced by industry. These objects contain recognizable industrial references such as smokestacks as well as man-made mechanisms and hardware like engines, screws, and [...]
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Drawing on Teapots: Weiser and Isupov

Sergei Isupov, "The Cat Walks Alone For Herself" 1997. Porcelain, ceramic stain, glaze, 14 x 15 x 8.5 in. Kamm Collection 1997.113. Photo: Tony Cunha. The cat's elongated neck and looping tail simulate a teapot spout and handle, and the hand is a removable lid. For this blog post we will focus on two ceramicists, [...]
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Historical Ceramics: Saxe and Antemann

Chris Antemann, "Battle of the Britches: The Tea Party" 2010. Porcelain, decals, luster, 14.5 x 32.5 x 14.25 in. Kamm Collection 2010.36. Photo: Kendrick Moholt. The Kamm Teapot Collection contains numerous contemporary works in clay that look to historical ceramic traditions for inspiration. These designs might contain reflections of ancient Chinese pottery or perhaps eighteenth [...]
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Funk Art: Arneson and Gilhooly

  “Funk art:  the art of the absurd, the ridiculous, the exaggerated.”[i] – John Natsoulas In the 1950s and 1960s some American artists began reacting against Abstract Expressionism. They were influenced by the Beat Generation and avant-garde movements such as Dada, Surrealism, and Pop Art.[ii] With “a healthy irreverence toward societal values,” these artists favored […]

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Yixing: Gulotta and Xia

Gerald Gulotta (American, b. 1921). "Five Teapots" 1990. Stoneware, 6.7 x 5 x 3.5" (largest). KTF 1999.60.20. Photo: Tony Cunha. Yixing is a city, a type of clay, and a style of pottery.[i] The city of Yixing is located on the Yangtze River Delta in the Jiangsu providence of China. It is considered the country’s [...]
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Trompe l’oeil: Levine, Shaw, Leon

Richard Shaw (American, b. 1941). "Hatchet Tea Set " 1982. Earthenware, 16.88 x 12.13 x 5" (teapot). KTF 2007.25. Trompe l’oeil:  A French term that means to “deceive the eye.” Artists utilize this illusionistic technique to mislead the senses and effectively “blur the boundaries between real and represented.”[i] Trompe l’oeil has a long rich history. [...]
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Bernard Leach Ceramic Teapot

“A potter is one of the few people left who uses his natural faculties of heart, head, and hand in balance…”[i] — Bernard Leach, 1961 Bernard Howell Leach is considered the most influential potter of the twentieth century. He left an irrefutable mark with his writings, teachings, prolific work in clay, and contributions at the potteries […]

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