Teapot

Media - 1996.32.1A-B - SAAM-1996.32.1A-B_1 - 49170
Copied Fred Fenster, Teapot, 1994, constructed pewter, part A (teapot): 11 128 124 12 in. (29.321.711.5 cm) part B (lid): 2 x 2 x 2 in. (5.25.25.2 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ruth Neubauer, 1996.32.1A-B

Artwork Details

Title
Teapot
Artist
Date
1994
Dimensions
part A (teapot): 11 128 124 12 in. (29.321.711.5 cm) part B (lid): 2 x 2 x 2 in. (5.25.25.2 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Neubauer
Mediums
Mediums Description
constructed pewter
Classifications
Object Number
1996.32.1A-B

Artwork Description

Fred Fenster’s serving pieces express his respect for family rituals. The unusual design of this teapot emphasizes the individually shaped pieces and the welds that hold them together, celebrating each step in Fenster’s creative process. Although the body of the piece looks like a modern abstraction, the handle is forthright, almost industrial in appearance. By combining these effects, Fenster reminds us that a craft object should be both functional and beautiful.