Weathervane Teapot

  • Peter Shire, Weathervane Teapot, 1981, glazed ceramic and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.24A-B

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Peter Shire's teapots are constructions of color and shapes built out of slabs of clay. Weathervane Teapot is a balancing act of three-dimensional squares and balls, with squiggly rods and hollow tubes. He hoped that his whimsical pots would break down traditional, class-conscious ideas about "tea-time," making it a practice accessible to all. This teapot asks to be picked up, but leaves us wondering where we should hold it to pour the tea, or if it is capable of pouring at all. Shire stopped making clay teapots in 1985, devoting his time thereafter to building furniture.

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"However crazy and fanciful my work appears, I'm still held by function. The teapots I make are borderline, however. They're more involved with a group of shapes and a material." Artist quoted in Artists Design Furniture, 1984
Title
Weathervane Teapot
Artist
Date
1981
On View
Dimensions
overall: 12 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (31.8 x 40.0 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed ceramic and wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1997.109.24A-B
Palette
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