Collection Highlights

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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Hans Christensen Teapot and Warmer

Hans Christensen Journeyman’s Piece

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 classroom, but in the studio as well. Christensen’s masterful hollowware designs,

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Jan Huling "Pothead"

Jan Huling Beaded Sculpture

“With each new row of beads, I more clearly see the personality of the piece emerging and it tells me what color needs to follow, what line needs to intersect. I listen.”[i]  -Jan Huling Jan Huling is known for her meticulous use of seed beads

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Beatrice Wood Kamm Teapot Foundation

Beatrice Wood Ceramic Teapots

“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 one of her jars will taste like wine.”[i]–

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John Prip, Experimental Teapot, ca. 1979.

John Prip Experimental Teapot

“…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 and encouraged the development of a new – and highly accomplished – generation

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Elwood North Cornell / Middletown Silver Company, "Modernistic Coffee Service" 1928

Cubism: Cornell and Berman

When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim to discover Cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us.[i]-Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque invented Cubism around 1907 in Paris. It is considered one of the most significant artistic innovations of

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Jason Walker, Time Fisher

Industrial Teapots: Walker and Montgomery

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 bolts. Many of these works utilize the illusionistic

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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.

Drawing on Teapots: Weiser and Isupov

For this blog post we will focus on two ceramicists, Kurt Weiser and Sergei Isupov, who are known for covering the surfaces of their designs with drawings. There are many examples of this approach within the Kamm Teapot Collection. Annette Corcoran, Michael Lucero, David Regan,

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Chris Antemann historical

Historical Ceramics: Saxe and Antemann

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 century French porcelain, but they also wholeheartedly exhibit their creator’s “own twists and personality.”[i] Cindy

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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

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