Tubular Teapot

  • Steve Gamza, Tubular Teapot, 1990, wheel-thrown, assembled, and glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2001.71.8A-B

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Steve Gamza's ceramic works play with traditional concepts of the teapot. He uses a potter's wheel to create the basic form and alters each with slab-constructed additions. The slanted, asymmetrical form and bright sections of color add to this teapot's lighthearted, whimsical feel. Gamza views his teapots as interactive parts of a group, and sees each piece as nurturing the next. He does not sketch out his designs, but responds to the materials as they take shape.
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"My teapot forms respond to a traditional concept of a teapot without either rejecting it or holding steadfast within its conventional boundaries. . . . Why was a second teapot ever made? Simply because I had so much fun making the first." Artist's statement
Tubular Teapot
12 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 in. (32.2 x 14.0 x 10.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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wheel-thrown, assembled, and glazed earthenware
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