Collection Highlights

Ron Meyers, Face Teapot

Ron Meyers Face Teapot

I remember being captivated by Ron Meyers’ cups, platters, and covered jars as a child. The imagery that danced across the surface of his forms stirred my imagination. Initially his fish, rabbits, birds, and gestural human faces grabbed my attention, but then the forms themselves,

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Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Noffke Silver Teapot

Gary Lee Noffke (American, b. 1948) is a complex person who cannot be pigeonholed. He is often described as a metalsmith’s metalsmith, a pacesetter, and the “ultimate maverick.”[i] Although Noffke has often gone against the grain, he is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost

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Billie Jean Theide, Chicago World's Fair

Two Teapot Sculptures by Billie Jean Theide

Billie Jean Theide is an American artist known for creating sculptures and ornamental works in both metal and ceramics, which sometimes also incorporate found-objects or recycled materials. She is also an art professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a curator of many exhibitions,

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Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Guild Silver Tea Set

Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild (American, 1898-1985) accomplished more in one lifetime than most would attempt in seven.[1] Guild was an avid collector of antiques, a successful illustrator, an accomplished writer, an amateur architect, and most importantly for our purposes here, an industrial designer.  Guild had

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Kimberly Sotelo, Willow Teapot, 1999. Willow, 22.5 x 27.5 x 20.5 inches. Kamm Collection 1999.55.2

Willow Teapot

This teapot-shaped sculpture has three parts—the teapot-body, a lid, and a base or tray that it sits upon. Kimberly Sotelo, an artist and furniture-maker, created this piece at the request of the art dealer Leslie Ferrin, along with another sculpture titled Tea Pagoda. Willow Teapot,

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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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Jules Ralph Feiffer (American, b. 1929), "Kamm Family Teapot Drawing" 2013. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 13 in. Kamm Collection 2013.182. Photo: David H. Ramsey.

Jules Feiffer 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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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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