Collection Highlights

Ruth Bernhard, Teapot

Ruth Bernhard Photograph

“For a photographer, light is the real teacher. But it is more than that. Light is the reason for my photographing at all. It is a language that speaks to me. It reveals its subject and becomes an experience that matches my feelings. In that

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Jean Emile Puiforcat (French, 1897-1945), "Teapot" c. 1937.

Modernism: Puiforcat and Lobel

“Modernism was not conceived as a style but a loose collection of ideas. It [is] a term that [covers] a range of movements in art, architecture, design, and literature, which largely rejected the styles that came before it.”[i] Between the World Wars “[this] methodology flourished

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Janet Rickus, Teapot Tangle, oil on linen

Still Life Painting

A still life is a work of art that features an arrangement of inanimate objects either natural or man-made.[i] While people have depicted their food, foliage, and vessels since antiquity, the art form did not fully begin its development into an independent genre until the

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Clayton Bailey, Robot Teapot

Clayton Bailey

“Throughout his career, Clayton Bailey’s art always leaned more toward flames than flowers…From the 1950s until his death in June 2020, Bailey embraced the strange, crafting works of art that fit as neatly in a carnival side show as a high-end art gallery.”[i] – B.J. Hollars

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Beth Lipman, Tea Set

Beth Lipman Tea Set

American artist Beth Lipman (b. 1971) is best known for her clear glass installations inspired by European and American still lifes. These works explore aspects of our material culture and address concepts such as “mortality, consumerism, materiality, and temporality.”[i] Utilizing a range of techniques, Lipman

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Paul Storr silver teapot.

Paul Storr Silver Teapots

Paul Storr (British, 1771-1844) has been called “the last of the great goldsmiths.” [i] This reputation is rightfully deserved. During the late Georgian era Storr produced a vast array of designs in both silver and gold for the British royal family and other wealthy clientele. Ranging stylistically

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Karen Karnes, "Coffee Set" c. 1950.

Karen Karnes Stoneware Pots

“[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 who knew her, she was a mentor whose

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Michelle Erickson, Taste in High Life

Michelle Erickson Ceramic Sculpture

“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 environmental issues – past and present. Regardless of

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Paul Revere

Paul Revere Silver Teapots

“During [Paul Revere’s] protracted life, his activity in business and benevolence, the vigor of his mind, and strength of his constitution were unabated…Seldom has the tomb closed upon a life so honorable and useful.”[i] – Excerpt from Death Notice, Columbian Centinel At the time of

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Littleton & Vogel, Homage to a Teapot

Littleton & Vogel Glass Commission

“…Our ideas are generated by the flow of making and our shared curiosity and wonder of the world (and people) around us…”[i] – John Littleton & Kate Vogel For artists John Littleton (American, b. 1957) and Kate Vogel (American, b. 1956)[ii] “the give and take

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Jan Hopkins, Oh Eleanor, detail

Jan Hopkins Sculpture

Fiber artist Jan Hopkins (American, b. 1955) has garnered a great deal of attention for her intricate baskets, teapots, and torso sculptures that utilize organic alternative materials. Using items such as fruit peels, seed pods, and fish skins, she creates complex rich surfaces that are

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Wendell Castle, "Aeolus" 2010.

Wendell Castle Sculpture

“Art is omnifarious. It appropriates all forms and assimilates all materials. The results should be a paradox…”[i] -Wendell Castle, 2016 Wendell Castle (American, 1932-2018) has been described as a pioneer, a master craftsman, “a whimsical designer,” and the father of the American art-furniture movement.[ii] He,

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