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Michelle Erickson Ceramic Sculpture

Michelle Erickson, "Taste in High Life" 2004. Porcelain, earthenware, 24.5 x 10 x 7.25 in. Kamm Collection 2004.50. “Michelle Erickson is internationally recognized for her mastery of lost ceramic arts during the age of exploration and colonialism. Her contemporary work makes use of these arcane ceramic techniques to create historical narratives about political, social, and [...]
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Karen Karnes Stoneware Pots

Karen Karnes, "Coffee Set" c. 1950. Stoneware, 8.63 x 8.25 x 6.75 in. (coffee pot). Kamm Collection 2005.94. "[Karen Karnes] was a towering figure of the postwar studio pottery movement, pioneering salt-glazing in the 1960s and wood-firing in the 1980s. Her work opened undreamed of possibilities of expression for the handmade pot. For the many potters [...]
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Beatrice Wood Ceramic Teapots

"Dragon Teapot" 1980. Luster glazed earthenware, 7.75 x 12.5 x 5.75 in. Kamm Collection 1988.1. Photo: Tony Cunha. “Beatrice Wood combines her colors like a painter, makes them vibrate like a musician. They have strength even while iridescent and transparent. They have the rhythm and luster both of jewels and human eyes. Water poured from [...]
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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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