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Washday Miracle

1997 Susan Thayer Born: New York, New York 1957 glazed porcelain 11 3/8 x 11 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (28.9 x 28.6 x 10.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor in honor of the artist's mother, Kay Wade 1998.124A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

The intricately molded Washday Miracle teapot evokes the idea of a fantasy world emerging from an everyday object. It is important to look closely at the teapot in order not to miss any details, such as the tiger lurking around the foot of the pot and the small caterpillars that crawl out of the grapes. She suggests that the landscape exists beyond the boundaries of the porcelain pot by perching butterflies on the handle, spout, and atop the lid.


Animal - elephant

Animal - insect - butterfly

Animal - lion

Animal - tiger

Figure female - full length

Landscape - plant - grape

Occupation - domestic - laundry

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Susan Thayer

Born: New York, New York 1957