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Teapot #15

n.d. John Nelson glazed stoneware overall: 8 x 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (20.3 x 27.3 x 19.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.109.15A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

John Nelson created the geometric shapes on the surface of this teapot by applying layers of gray and black glaze. The patterns echo the vessel’s form, from the ridges in the curved handle to the rectangular panels around the body. The wide base and handle over the top recall Japanese ceramic traditions, but the octagonal shape and abstract decoration add a fresh twist to the conventional design.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware