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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Teapots: Object to Subject

One of 45 teapots on display in "Teapots: Object to Subject" selected from among the entries in the 2004 Survey of Contemporary American Teapots at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri. The best of both established artists and the most promising, innovative new artists from the survey are represented.

Exhibition curator Leslie Ferrin, author of Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object, has been curating exhibitions on contemporary teapots for more than 20 years. In this exhibition, Ferrin presents the concept that as the teapot becomes more abstracted, its function becomes less relevant. In effect, the subject of the work becomes the primary focus; the initial object, the teapot, becomes a secondary concern for the artist and the viewer.
Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who lives and works in Helena, Montana. He has worked mainly in ceramics for over 30 years, and his series of Yixing-inspired teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited and collected internationally. Other artists in the exhibition include Adrian Arleo, Peter Scherzer, Richard Swanson, Bennett Bean, Michael Simon, and Noi Volkov.

The exhibition will be accompanied by educational materials covering the history of the teapot, tea ceremonies, and cultivation, as well as the most current publications available on the contemporary teapot.
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