Light Bulb Teapot (Variation #6) Yixing Series

  • Richard T. Notkin, Light Bulb Teapot (Variation #6) Yixing Series, 1984, stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Margot R. Heckman in memory of Mary Sherman Resh, 2000.89A-B

Luce Center Label

Richard Notkin made twelve unique teapots in the Light Bulb Teapot series between 1983 and 1992. Each of the elements on the teapot has a specific meaning that contributes to a story. Here, the dice on the handle symbolize risk, while the lightning-rod spout and inverted bulb shape of the pot refer to captured energy. These ideas, together with the overall skull-like image, express Notkin's anxieties about the danger that nuclear energy poses to the environment.

Title
Light Bulb Teapot (Variation #6) Yixing Series
Artist
Date
1984
On View
Dimensions
overall: 4 7/8 x 6 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (12.3 x 16.1 x 9.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Margot R. Heckman in memory of Mary Sherman Resh

Mediums
Mediums Description
stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – science
  • Recreation – sport and play – dice
  • Object – other – light bulb
Object Number
2000.89A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

1976-1978
cast, carved, and glazed industrial porcelain with lustre glaze

More Artworks from the Collection

1996
glazed porcelain
1974
stoneware with stain and glaze
early 1980's
stoneware