Variations on a Theme: Teapots from RAM's Collection

January 29 - July 9, 2017

While the teapot as a functional object can be traced back about 800 years to China, the form is familiar in Western Europe and the United States. As the teapot became connected to status and luxury via trade centuries ago, Western manufacture began in earnest. Most of the earliest teapots were metal, yet within the context of contemporary craft, most are associated with ceramics. RAM’s holdings include teapots made in a variety of materials, yet those made of clay are the most numerous.

In 1999, collector Donna Moog offered RAM a gift of over 250 teapots. The impact of the Moog collection cannot be understated as it represents a large body of work by diverse artists in a range of styles. Since this gift, RAM has added over 100 teapots from other donors, thereby establishing one of the largest public collections of contemporary artist-made teapots in the United States.

Please vote for your favorite teapot in the exhibition. At the close of the show, the top winners will stay on display for a longer period of time.

Exhibition Gallery Guide
Timeline – 75 Years of Art at RAM's Wustum Museum
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Voting Results as of July 5, 2017

Daniel J. Anderson, Adrian Arleo, Ralph Bacerra, Clayton Bailey, Susan Beiner, Jerry Berta, Martin and Judy Bibby, Triesch Voelker and Gina Bobrowski, Robin Campo, Marek Cecula, Beth Changstrom, Michael Cohen, Annette Corcoran, Philip Cornelius, David Damkoehler, Stephen Dixon, Eddie Dominguez, Jack Earl, Raymon Elozua, Ellen Fager, Fred Fenster, Ken Ferguson, Leopold Foulem, Keiko Fukazawa, John Glick, Evelyn Grant, Chris Gustin, Sergei Isupov, Karen Karnes, Les Lawrence, Leslie B Lee, Ah Leon, Michael Lucero, Richard Marquis, Dennis Meiners, Richard Millette, Steven Montgomery, Matt Nolen, Richard Notkin, Kevin O'Dwyer, Mark Pharis, David Regan, John Revelry, Amy Sabrina, Red Weldon Sandlin, Adrian Saxe, Scott Schoenherr, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Mark Shapiro, Richard Shaw, Michael Sherrill, Patrick Siler, Akio Takamori, Irvin Tepper, George Walker, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser, Beatrice Wood

Red Weldon Sandlin
Bull in a China Cabinet…A Story of Pacifitea (Teapot), 2006

Glazed porcelain, wood, and paint
18 3/8 x 10 ¾ x 11 7/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Evelyn Grant
Mounty (Teapot), 1995

Glazed porcelain
13 3/8 x 6 7/8 x 6 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Iris and Jay Leonard and
the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Patti Warashina
Apple Breath (Teapot), 1993

Glazed porcelain
10 ½ x 11 ½ x 6 ¾ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gail M. and Robert A. Brown
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Philip Cornelius
Grayback (Teapot), 1981

Glazed porcelain
8 ½ x 8 ½ x 2 ¾ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Ah Leon
Trunk Teapot with Bent Branch No. 749, 1994

11 ½ x 10 ¾ x 5 7/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of David and Jacqueline Charak
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

George Walker
Bon Voyage (Teapot), 1988

Glazed stoneware
6 ½ x 9 ½ x 4 ½
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Gail M. and Robert A. Brown
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor: Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Real Racine, Runzheimer International Ltd., United Way Racine County, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, Wisconsin Public Radio