Quilted Teapot #1

  • Nancy Selvin, Quilted Teapot #1, n.d., glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 1998.135A-B

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Quilted Teapot #1 is from a series Nancy Selvin began during the 1970s in which she decorated nonfunctional teapots with airbrushed china paint and decals. The patchwork design sews together decorative floral squares and pictures the artist took of her barber and local coffee shops. She disguises the stiff and solid nature of the clay by slumping and creasing it so that the pot looks as though it is made from the soft cotton fabric of a quilt.

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". . . [The teapots] are reflections of the bits and pieces [of] an artist's life, containing memories of my environment during the 1970s. We can see now, 30 years later, how this artwork, the Quilted Teapot, has become a true reliquary, a repository documenting the images of the 1970s . . ." Artist's statement, 1998
Quilted Teapot #1
overall: 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (15.0 x 19.1 x 18.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

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glazed earthenware
  • Object – other – fabric
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