Collection Highlights

Miel-Margarita Paredes (American, b. 1977). Octopus Teapot, 2005. Copper and sterling silver, 8.5 x 15 x 16. Kamm Collection 2005.58.19

Octopus Teapot

This octopus-shaped vessel by Miel-Margarita Paredes is a fully functional teapot with a removable lid over the hollow space in the head that forms the body of the teapot, and a curved tentacle forms the spout. Paredes is a metalsmith and artist known for creating

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Sowter & Co. (England). Black Basaltes Swan Teapot, ca. 1805. Stoneware 6.5 x 10 x 5″. Kamm Collection 1992.57

Black Basaltes Swan Teapot

This stoneware teapot is attributed to Sowter & Company, an early 19th century pottery manufacturer. Sowter & Company—also called Mexborough Old Pottery—was one of several pottery companies in the Don Valley area of Yorkshire, England at the time. Other contemporaneous Yorkshire potters include Rock Pottery

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Jean-Joseph Carries Teapot

Henry’s Teapots

These two works of art were both acquired from the estate of the influential art critic, historian, and collector Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994). Geldzahler began his career as a student in the Harvard Fine Arts Department, but left before completing his doctorate to become a curatorial

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Tea on the Frontier: Geology in the Kamm Teapot Collection

Writing in his diary on Sunday, September 27th, 1869, William Henry Jackson explained that, “after his afternoon tea, he went to the depot to see the Western train come in and sell quite a few photographs.” Jackson, known as one of America’s most important nineteenth

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Kamm Family Teapot Drawing

This drawing was commissioned by the Kamm Teapot Foundation from cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer. Feiffer has drawn and written for numerous projects, including his long-running syndicated comic strip Feiffer and the illustrations for The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. He has won many awards

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Leah Meleski, Radiant Energy: Teapot

Radiant Energy: Teapot Jewelry

This small sculpture by contemporary jeweler Leah Meleski (American, b. 1985) is a clever use of the teapot form as wearable art. The sculpture is actually composed of a set of jewelry. It disassembles into two bracelets from the teapot handle and body, an earring

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Gary Knox Bennett (American, b. 1934) "T-Pot" 2009 metal, glass, mixed media 12 x 6.25 x 3" Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2009.34

T-Pot by Garry Knox Bennett

This sculpture is an example of an artwork made specifically for the Kamm Teapot Foundation. As patrons of the arts, Foundation trustees Sonny and Gloria Kamm make a point to commission contemporary artists to make a teapot for the collection, and especially seek works from

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(USA) “Teapot Dome Die cut Window Display” 1924 printed paper 7.375 x 15.875” 2013.186.2

Teapot Dome Memorabilia

The Kamm Teapot Collection has several artifacts from the early 1920s about political corruption in the Republican administration of President Warren G. Harding. The Teapot Dome scandal concerned the backroom leasing of public oil reserves and took its name from the oil field near Teapot

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(Yixing Province, China) “Candle Teapot” 1990 stoneware 5 x 4.25 x 2.5" Photo: David H. Ramsey. 1999.60.45

Candle Teapot

This teapot is an example of Yixing (also spelled YiXing) pottery, from the Yixing region in the Jiangsu province of China. This particular teapot, made of dark teal, unglazed stoneware in the form of a melting candle, won a prize at the International Ceramics Competition

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Robert Heitmann (American, b. 1922) "High Tea" n.d. mixed media 16 x 20 x 4.25'' Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2013.87

High Tea Diorama

This diorama of two bears drinking tea together was created as a window dressing for the jewelry company Tiffany & Co., by the window dresser and illustrator Robert Heitmann (American, b. 1922). Heitmann created whimsical, seasonal window decorations for Tiffany & Co. from the mid

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When Pigs Fly

This large teapot sculpture was created by the quilter and bead artist Thom Atkins, and takes the form of a pig riding a winged-dragon. In this sculpture, the spout of the teapot is formed from the open mouth of the dragon, while the handle is

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Park Hall Teapot

This teapot was decorated by the renowned porcelain painter William Billingsley (British, 1758-1828). Billingsley began his career working for Royal Crown Derby, though later worked for many other manufacturers, as well as his own pottery factory at one time, and his own decorating business in

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