Tea Time: An Exploration of Contemporary Teapots exhibit at the Edwardsville Art Center, Part 2

Photos and text by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, IL USA.

The Venue

The exhibit took place in the galleries of the Edwardsville Art Center, in Edwardsville, Illinois,  from May 26, 2017 to June 16, 2017.








The Call for Entries

This was an invitational exhibit that included pieces from the ceramic art collection of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).      The curator of the exhibit, Carolyn Tidball, wrote: “the teapot has long been an ideal canvas for artists to express ideas, both conceptually and in design.  From ancient Japanese ceremonies to debuts on Star Trek, the teapot has outlasted trends and infiltrated the lives nearly every community.  My intention with this exhibit is to showcase a wide range of ways that artists utilize the teapot form to investigate ideas and explore design and composition.”

The Ceramic Pieces

Here, in Part 2, I will report on the recently made teapots that are traditional in shape and surface.

“Teapot” by Eric Hoefer


Eric states that “there are parallels between ceramics and architecture”. He states that his pots resemble “huts, domes, cathedrals”.  His intent is to create a sense of wonder and curiosity in his audience.





“Teapot #1 and teapot #2” by Andrew Koester


Andrew is driven by his curiosity for the material, and the interest in landscapes. He believes that “enjoying both the subtle and dramatic in the landscape leads to the harmony in the functional object.”  As people are exposed to a large varieties of nature, he expects the viewer to “slow down and enjoy the object thoroughly.”




“Wood Fired Teapot” by Alex Thomure


Alex is a student in the Art & Design department at SIUE. He throws pieces from porcelain, and then alters them, and in this case, wood fires them.   This is a great looking teapot!





“Untitled” by Carmelita Nunez


Carmelita creates “beautiful functional pieces for everyday rituals”.  She states that “when you prepare those everyday rituals, your dinnerware and drink ware should reflect your personality”.

This was a relatively small teapot simple shape, and simple but elegant decoration with Mason stains.




“Harvest Tea” by Evan and Miranda Wagman
“Spring Tea” by Evan and Miranda Wagman

These are very nicely done wheel thrown terra cotta teapots with flower and vegetable decoration in glaze.  Their artist statement tells us “as we ponder our existence we often come back to our seasonal cycle of life.”  The decoration meant to “highlight our belief in our ever changing stages of growth and nourishment.”


“Untitled” by Rebecca Grant


Rebecca creates her pieces as wheel thrown porcelain or stoneware; this is a stoneware piece. She uses the sgraffito method of decoration which includes carving the surface of the piece.  She uses additional underglazes to create a piece that is visually fun, texturally interesting, and joy to use.

The manatee on this teapot looks great.



“Untitled” by Brad Brewer


I couldn’t find out much about Brad, besides that he was a ceramics student at SIUE.  This teapot loks unique, because of the tall dimension, and because of the smooth color change between the green/gray glaze.







“Teapot” by Phillip Finder


I his works, Phillip examines new modernism.  He states that our interest in “simplicity, clarity and order” is a consequence of our “over stimulated lifestyles”.  He minimizes embellishments, and the surfaces “reflect the making process over ornaments and decoration.”







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