Author Archive | Allie Farlowe

Grete Marks Silver-plated Teapot

“I am what time, circumstance, and history have made me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” –James A. Baldwin The ceramicist, designer, and painter Margarete “Grete” Marks experienced many obstacles over the course of her career.[i] She not only faced great tragedy in her life, but her gender, […]

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Harry Bertoia Silver Teapot

I am rather silent, resolute, and industrious. I respect and admire persons of probity and morality, moderation and temperance. I can use any tool or machinery with dexterity…[i] – Harry Bertoia, 1937 What comes to mind when you hear the name Harry Bertoia? [ii] Most people probably think of his wire chair designs for Knoll […]

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Albert Paley Silver Teapot

…In creating a work of art, besides my personal experience, my concern is how it emotionally and intellectually engages the viewer…[i] – Albert Paley Albert Paley is internationally known for his monumental sculpture, elaborate gates, intricate furniture, and striking jewelry. His metalwork, which exudes great strength and energy, is skillfully executed utilizing a range of […]

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Gerhard Marcks Sintrax Coffee Machine

This Schott & Genossen coffee machine was designed by the sculptor, printmaker, and Bauhaus master, Gerhard Marcks.[i] Schott & Genossen, which always “had a great fascination for the artistic avant-garde,” engaged numerous artists from the influential Bauhaus school in the early twentieth century.[ii] These interactions with designers such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld and László Moholy-Nagy were […]

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Wilhelm Wagenfeld Glass Teapot

“Objects must do us good and make us take notice and think about them.”[i] – Wilhem Wagenfeld, 1948 Wilhelm Wagenfeld is one of the most significant German product designers of the twentieth century. He is known for creating simple practical designs for the average household. Although Wagenfeld thoroughly embraced mass production, he did not believe […]

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Ron Meyers Face Teapot

I remember being captivated by Ron Meyers’ cups, platters, and covered jars as a child. The imagery that danced across the surface of his forms stirred my imagination. Initially his fish, rabbits, birds, and gestural human faces grabbed my attention, but then the forms themselves, alive and expressive, made an impact. Over the past fifty […]

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Lurelle Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild accomplished more in one lifetime than most would attempt in seven.[1] Guild was an avid collector of antiques, a successful illustrator, an accomplished writer, an amateur architect, and most importantly for our purposes here, an industrial designer. Guild had an immense impact on American industrial design in the twentieth century. He […]

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