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1993 Billie Jean Theide Born: Des Moines, Iowa 1956 copper 3 x 7 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (7.7 x 19.6 x 7.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico © 1993, Billie Jean Theide 2002.70.15A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Billie Jean Theide fashioned this teapot design after the rugged rock formations of the American West, but it also resembles an ancient artifact that might have been unearthed from the seabed. The powdery green patina on the surface, which forms when the metal is exposed to moist air or salt, emphasizes this excavated appearance. The teapot’s solid, looming silhouette evokes a giant ironclad, cutting through the water with its “spout” leading the way like a rusty cannon.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

About Billie Jean Theide

Born: Des Moines, Iowa 1956