Collection Highlights

Mary Engel Sculpture

The sculptor Mary Engel (American, b.1963) is known for her whimsical animal forms that she covers with found objects such as watches, beads, buttons, and bullets. While many of these works have focused on dogs, she has expanded her repertoire over the past thirty years

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Walter Gropius (German, 1883-1969)/ Rosenthal (Germany) “TAC Teapot”

Walter Gropius TAC Teapot

Adolph Georg Walter Gropius (German, 1883-1969) was an innovative architect, an influential educator, and the founder of the revolutionary art school known as the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus would ultimately “reshape our world” and he was its “impresario.”[i] The school sought to reform educational theory and

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Sarah Perry, "The Miracle" 1997

Sarah Perry Sculpture

Sarah Perry (American, b. 1956) is known for her ingenious animal-inspired sculptures that rely heavily on an array of found objects. She scavenges for materials, such as discarded truck tires or sun-bleached bones, and then skillfully transforms them into works of art that “communicate [her]

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John McQueen, "Teapot" 2010.

John McQueen

“Baskets. Even the word seems humble, self-effacing, and traditional…No one expects a concert of contemporary music to sound like Bach, or a contemporary painting to look like a Leonardo. Strange, then, that many expect contemporary baskets to be just like baskets of another century.”[i]  John

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Linda McCartney, Teapot Photograph

Linda McCartney Teapot Photograph

“I was a bit shy and introverted but looking out through the lens…I forgot myself and I could actually see life. This enthusiasm came out of me, and it did, photography changed my life…”[i] -Linda McCartney Linda McCartney (American, 1941-1998) began taking photographs in the 1960s

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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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