Jerry Berta
Mr. Teapot

Jerry Berta (American, b. 1951)
Mr. Teapot 2001
low-fire clay, underglazes, metallic lusters
20 x 21.75 x 9.75″
Kamm Collection 2008.5.1
Photo: courtesy of the artist.

This colorful “Mr. Teapot” sculpture by Jerry Berta has multiple puns and meanings. It includes a teapot (man’s head), is a self portrait, and refers to Mr. T the actor. Berta is a teapot maker and known for his “Diner” teapots. He also restored and operated a vintage diner. Many of his ceramic works feature neon lights similar to those used on vintage diners. See the row of diner stools on the man’s shirt?