Marbleized Teapot with Hand

  • Kurt Weiser, Marbleized Teapot with Hand, 1996, glazed porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 1997.19A-B

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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.

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“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

Marbleized Teapot with Hand
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Not on view.
overall: 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 5 in. (28.6 x 36.2 x 12.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

Mediums Description
glazed porcelain
  • Figure – fragment – hand
  • Animal – insect – moth
  • Object – foliage
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