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Quilted Teapot #1

n.d. Nancy Selvin Born: Los Angeles, California 1943 glazed earthenware overall: 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (15.0 x 19.1 x 18.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 1998.135A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Quote

". . . [The teapots] are reflections of the bits and pieces [of] an artist's life, containing memories of my environment during the 1970s. We can see now, 30 years later, how this artwork, the Quilted Teapot, has become a true reliquary, a repository documenting the images of the 1970s . . ." Artist's statement, 1998

Luce Center Label

Quilted Teapot #1 is from a series Nancy Selvin began during the 1970s in which she decorated nonfunctional teapots with airbrushed china paint and decals. The patchwork design sews together decorative floral squares and pictures the artist took of her barber and local coffee shops. She disguises the stiff and solid nature of the clay by slumping and creasing it so that the pot looks as though it is made from the soft cotton fabric of a quilt.


Object - other - fabric

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Nancy Selvin

Born: Los Angeles, California 1943