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Tropical Island Tea Set

1996 Joan Takayama-Ogawa Born: Pasadena, California 1955 white earthenware, glazes, and china paints 6 x 12 x 18 in. (15.2 x 30.5 x 45.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak 2000.33A-D Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

The textured pot and cup in Tropical Island Teapot were inspired by Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s experience snorkeling during a vacation to Hawaii. She was drawn to the underwater world of the reef and has translated these images onto her teapots, out of which barnacles, plants, and coral “grow.” The teapot and cup rest on a deep-blue platter that represents the Pacific Ocean.


Landscape - island

Landscape - plant - flower

Landscape - tropic

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Born: Pasadena, California 1955