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Sunday, September 29, 2013


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".

Today, 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 at 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):

ABOUT US: is a design studio focusing on geometric art, jewelry and fun products. We are working at the intersection of history, science and art while often combining technology from the past and the future.


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