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Marbleized Teapot with Hand

1996 Kurt Weiser Born: Lansing, Michigan 1950 glazed porcelain overall: 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 5 in. (28.6 x 36.2 x 12.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 1997.19A-B Not currently on view

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“As I see it, the painting is the three-dimensional reality and the pot is made to disappear. The reason the form is so amorphous is to just let it dissolve as the painting goes on.” Artist quoted in Ceramics, 2002

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Kurt Weiser has often struggled to get a close look at animals and insects without scaring them away, and so painted this teapot with the magnified image of one such encounter. His paintings are based on illustrations from books, pictures he has taken, and his own observations from nature. Marbleized Teapot with Hand differs from many of his other teapots, as he has contained his painting to a circle on the side of the pot and decorated the rest with a marbleized pattern. Weiser has said that the most difficult aspect of creating this pot was drawing a perfect circle to frame his painting.


Animal - insect - moth

Figure - fragment - hand

Object - foliage

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Kurt Weiser

Born: Lansing, Michigan 1950