Collection Highlights

(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

Yixing 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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Thomas Atkins (American b.1944) “When Pigs Fly” 2006 quilted cotton, aluminum wire, glass beads, coral, glass, faux amber. 18 x 22 x 18" Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2007.124.2

Thom Atkins 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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William Billingsley (British, 1758-1828) "Park Hall Teapot" ca. 1799-1808 porcelain. 6 x 8.75 x 4.5" Photo: David H. Ramsey. 2005.9.2

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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Gladys Nilsson (American, b. 1940) "Grey Bros. 4zz's" 1990 watercolor on paper 23.5 x 22.625" Photo: Courtesy of the Jean Albano Gallery 2012.117

Gladys Nilsson Grey Bros. 4zz’s

This painting is by the contemporary American artist Gladys Nilsson, who is known for her colorful, often surreal figurative watercolor paintings. She currently teaches painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). During the 1960s and 70s, Nilsson was a part of

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Laura (Red) Weldon Sandlin (American, b. 1958) "Hidden Identitea" 2009 ceramic 20.5 x 22.2 x 9.5''. Photos: John Polack, courtesy of the Ferrin Gallery. 2009.51.14

Hidden Identitea

Laura (Red) Weldon Sandlin (American, b. 1958) Hidden Identitea 2009 ceramic, painted wood 20.5 x 22.2 x 9.5” Photos: John Polak, courtesy of the Ferrin Gallery. 2009.51.14[/caption] This teapot sculpture is by the contemporary ceramicist Laura, or “Red,” Weldon Sandlin. Sandlin was born in Owensboro,

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Gerry Wallace, "Aircraft Carrier" 2005. Stoneware, porcelain, 8.5 x 18.25 x 6.75 in. Kamm Collection 2005.84.1.

Aircraft Carrier Teapot

This teapot sculpture by ceramicist Gerry Wallace takes the surprising form of an aircraft carrier warship, which sits on a separate base made in the shape of ocean waves. The spout of the teapot is formed from an airplane at the bow of the aircraft

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Luck & Flaw, Ronald Reagan Teapot, Margaret Thatcher Teapot

Luck & Flaw Caricature Teapots

These teapots were designed by British satirists Roger Law (b. 1941) and Peter Fluck (b. 1941), who first met and became friends in art school. Each had independent careers illustrating and cartooning before forming the partnership Luck & Flaw in 1975. They began creating three-dimensional

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Annin Barrett (American), “Hair Teapot and Cup” 2011. Human hair, thread, 4.5 x 8.5 x 4.5" (teapot). Kamm Collection 2011.7. Photos: Dan Kvitka.

Hair Teapot and Cup

This teapot, teacup, and saucer were created by the fiber artist Annin Barrett, who lives and works in Oregon and teaches textiles, art, design, and art history at The Art Institute of Portland. Barrett works primarily in sheep’s wool and human hair to create hand-felted

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Marianne Brandt (German, 1893-1983) “Tea Infuser”

Marianne Brandt Tea Infuser

This teapot was designed by Marianne Brandt, an important designer of the Bauhaus School. Brandt first made this teapot while she was a student at the Bauhaus in 1924, and showed this example in an exhibition in Leipzig in 1927, when it was purchased by the

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Richard Notkin, "Curbside Teapot" 1983. Stoneware, 3.5 x 7.25 x 3.88 in. Kamm Collection 1996.1.72. Photo: Tony Cunha.

Richard Notkin Yixing Teapots

These teapots in the Kamm Collection by the ceramicist Richard Notkin (American, b. 1948) were created as part of his Yixing series. Though Notkin is an American artist, many of his works pay homage to traditional styles and forms of the teapots of the Yixing

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