Water Tower Teapot

  • Dan Anderson, Water Tower Teapot, 1989, clay, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002.70.1A-C

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Dan Anderson's Water Tower Teapot combines rural architecture and ceramics. The teapot resembles an old stone water tower, which reflects Anderson's passion for midwestern landmarks and tools. He seeks to repurpose and elevate this old-fashioned, forgotten tower into a sculptural work of art, in this case through the form of a teapot. Anderson has created various water tower–

themed pots, cans, and vessels. The stony texture of Water Tower Teapot reflects his attention to surface and detail.

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"The usefulness of machines in their original states is limited—as the products of progress, they are doomed to obsolescence—but by re-creating them in a 'primitive' medium, I believe they will endure through the ages. They have been transformed for eternity into art." Artist's statement, AKAR Architecture Design

Title
Water Tower Teapot
Artist
Date
1989
On View
Dimensions
5 x 7 3/8 x 5 in. (12.8 x 18.8 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums Description
clay
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – tower
Object Number
2002.70.1A-C
Palette
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