Since its foundation in 1744 the Imperial Porcelain Factory in
Saint Petersburg, Russia had been producing high quality porcelain
exclusively for the Tsar and the Imperial Court. Soon after the
Bolshevik October Revolution of 1917 the factory was nationalized and
renamed State Porcelain Factory. The old traditional bourgeois order was
swept away and a revolutionary director was installed who invited
artists with radical, modernist ideas to design avant-garde ceramics and
porcelain that was "revolutionary in content, perfect in form and
flawless in technical execution".
During a very short but intense
period, between the end of 1922 and April 1924, the Suprematists were
allowed fearless experimentation with utopian, fresh, radical abstract
designs based on square, circle and cross. The Suprematism founder and
prophet Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), one of the most important pioneers
of geometric abstract art, designed here in 1923 his famous innovative,
Suprematist teapot and teacups which were de-constructed arrangements
of geometrical shapes.
For some this irrational explosive teapot,
with its shamelessly phallic spout, looked like a hurtling railway
steam engine or it was categorized of "utilitarian irrelevance". Only a
handful teapots were made in 1923 because during manufacturing at the
State Porcelain Factory they faced several problems. When the factory
Director noticed: "Mr. Malevich, your teapot does not pour
well" Malevich replied: "it is not a teapot but the idea of a teapot".
with the revolutionary ceramic 3D printing technology, this
challenging, complex teapot can now be manufactured in a totally
different way without all the problems Malevich faced back in 1923 at
the State Porcelain Factory in Saint Petersburg. This 3D printed
Malevich Teapot 2.0 is an improved, nearly identical reissue at 90% of
the original size, of the original 1923 Malevich teapot which was
slightly adapted and optimized for 3D additive manufacturing
printing technology. It is a functional teapot with lid, which will
offer you in combination with the associated Malevich teacups everything
you need for the ultimate Modernist tea ceremony.
Order your 3D-printed Malevich 2.0 Teapot directly from our Geometric Abstraction webshop
our licensed manufacturer Shapeways who will process your order, print
the goods and ship them to you from New York (to USA & Canada) or
from the Netherlands (to Europe):
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