Collection Highlights

Jason Walker, Time Fisher, 2005

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 - David Gilhooly. Frog Teapot

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]

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Gerald Gulotta, Five Teapots

Yixing: Gulotta and Xia

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 pottery capitol as well as the birthplace of the teapot.[ii]

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Richard Shaw Hatchet Tea Set

Trompe l’oeil: Levine, Shaw, Leon

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. Evidence of this technique can be found among the

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Roy Lichtenstein

Pop Art: Lichtenstein, Haring, Volkov

“Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.”[i] – Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art first broke onto the British art scene in the 1950s.[ii] Derived from Neo-Dada, it was the “brain-child” of a

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Bernard Leach

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,

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Richard Marquis, Zanfirico Teapot Goblet

Richard Marquis Teapot Goblet

“While Dale Chihuly is the tide that raised all boats, Marquis is the craft intelligence that made the vessels seaworthy.”[i] – Regina Hackett, Seattle Post, 2001 Richard Marquis has been an instrumental force in the studio glass movement in America. His work, which is both “playful

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David Sengel Teapot

David Sengel Thorn Teapot

“Just realizing that I am making work that other people respond to is very motivational.”[i] -David Sengel   David Sengel is an expert in manipulating and embracing the innate qualities of his material of choice, wood. Within the Kamm Teapot Collection there are three Sengel

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Zaha Hadid, Tea and Coffee Piazza

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

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Karl Wirsum Sculpture

Karl Wirsum’s sculpture, paintings, and drawings are imaginative, colorful, humorous, and at times, disturbing and “cheerfully grotesque.”[i] Utilizing a range of materials and techniques, he creates works that exude great energy and stimulate one’s imagination. Wirsum first made a name for himself as a member

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