Marbleized Teapot with Hand

Media - 1997.19A-B - SAAM-1997.19A-B_1 - 12795
Copied Kurt Weiser, Marbleized Teapot with Hand, 1996, porcelain, glaze, and enamel paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 1997.19A-B

Artwork Details

Marbleized Teapot with Hand
overall: 11 1414 145 in. (28.636.212.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
Mediums Description
porcelain, glaze, and enamel paint
  • Figure — fragment — hand
  • Animal — insect — moth
  • Object — foliage
Object Number

Artwork Description

Kurt Weiser has often struggled to get a close look at animals and insects without scaring them away, and so painted this teapot with the magnified image of one such encounter. His paintings are based on illustrations from books, pictures he has taken, and his own observations from nature. Marbleized Teapot with Hand differs from many of his other teapots, as he has contained his painting to a circle on the side of the pot and decorated the rest with a marbleized pattern. Weiser has said that the most difficult aspect of creating this pot was drawing a perfect circle to frame his painting.

Luce Object Quote

“As I see it, the painting is the three-dimensional reality and the pot is made to disappear. The reason the form is so amorphous is to just let it dissolve as the painting goes on.” Artist quoted in Ceramics, 2002