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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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Bird Tea Set by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz and Theodore Haviland, Limoges

This tea set, designed by Édouard-Marcel Sandoz, is one of many tableware sets designed by popular artists for the porcelain manufacturing company Theodore Haviland, Limoges. Haviland History Theodore Haviland, Limoges was one of several porcelain manufacturing and retail companies operated by the Haviland family in the 19th and 20th centuries. The company first called Haviland […]

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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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