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Hans Christensen Journeyman’s Piece

"Teapot and Warmer (Journeyman's Piece)" 1944. Sterling silver, rosewood, 9.5 x 8.5 x 5 in. Kamm Collection 2011.59. Photo: Walter Colley. Silversmith Hans Christensen (Danish, 1924-1983) left an indelible impact on the field of metalwork in the United States. In the latter portion of the twentieth century his influence was felt not only in the [...]
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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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Zaha Hadid “Tea & Coffee Piazza”

“As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them…”[i] -Zaha Hadid Considered a superstar of the architectural world, Zaha Hadid is internationally recognized for her ingenuity. Her bold, but elegant designs transform landscapes with […]

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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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Sterling Silver Teapot by Hester Bateman

Hester Bateman (née Needham or Neden) was an English silversmith known for creating high-quality, lightweight home wares in the 18th century. Bateman’s Training Like many craftswomen in 18th century Europe, Bateman was trained in her craft as part of a family business, rather than through apprenticeship with a master craftsperson outside her family. Her husband, […]

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Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Noffke (American, b. 1948). Teapot, 1999. 969 silver, 18k gold, boxwood. 3.88 x 7 x 4.13". Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2008.62 A view of the strainer when removed from the teapot. Photo: David H. Ramsey. Gary Lee Noffke is a complex person who cannot be pigeonholed. He is often described as a metalsmith’s metalsmith, [...]
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