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Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Art of the Teapot


KALAMAZOO -- An exhibition opening May 12th at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Michigan challenges the notion teapots must be short and stout with a handle and a spout.
The vessels in the invitational show "Teatime: The Art of the Teapot" range from nursery-rhyme conventional to outside-the-pot artistic, such as a tiny teapot that looks like a girl sitting on a log and a shrine to this iconic vessel that hangs on the wall, said Paul Flickinger, chairman of the multi-dimensional show. The exhibit includes 150 works by as many artists from around the country, including 16 from Michigan (none are from the Grand Rapids area).
The diversity of submissions is what Flickinger suspected would result from a call to participate in a ceramics show based solely on the classic yet complex form of the teapot.
The Art of the Teapot" includes a tour of the KIA's walk-in kiln and demonstrations of teapot-making by Hollister and three other artists: Bennet Bean of Blairstown, N.J.; Richard Bresnahan of Avon, Minn.; and Fong Choo, a Singapore-born American potter in Louisville, Ky.
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