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Teapot

1999 Carl Erickson Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1954 Died: Oak Park Heights, Minnesota 2011 porcelain with rattan wrap overall: 9 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (22.8 x 21.0 x 16.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Gretchen A. Mehring 2000.19A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Carl Erickson decorates his ceramic pots with shapes inspired by the landscape around his home in Minnesota. The layers of rich blue glaze on the surface of this teapot evoke the deep lakes of the northern Midwest,and the maple leaves appear to float across the surface of the water as if drifting with a gentle current. The pot's simple, rounded shape recalls Yixing teaware,which originated in Jiangsu Province in eastern China. In this way, Erickson combines North American imagery with Chinese pottery traditions and the ancient practice of brewing tea.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

plant material - rattan