HOT TEA: 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibition
Craft Alliance (CA) is pleased to announce CA’s most anticipated exhibition, HOT TEA: 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibition. The opening reception is on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 6 – 8pm in CA’s gallery in the Delmar Loop. Throughout the world, the drinking of tea is an integral part of the social fabric, from the everyday sharing of tea amongst friends to the traditional tea ceremony in Japan. The common thread linking all of these tea-time traditions is the dynamic of sharing; for this exhibition, artists from all media (clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood) share their appreciation and interpretation of the teapot with CA.
Yet again, the roster of participating artists is an impressive one; this year’s exhibit includes fifty artists, twenty of whom are local or regional. CA is proud to announce Richard Notkin as one of the featured artists. His work is influenced by the tradition of Yixing pottery, and can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, among others. Kevin Snipes is a young African-American ceramic artist who uses skillfully designed vessels and quirky figures as vehicles for storytelling. Other well-known clay artists, such as Joe Bova, Sam Chung, Eric Serritella, and Blair Meerfield, add their unique perspectives to the show.
We will also present the glass and metal work of Robert Ebendorf, a leading figure in the studio jewelry movement. His found object jewelry has been shown in galleries around the world, leading to a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Internationally known fiber artist, Jo Stealey, will display her teapots created out of leaves and paper, while Ed Bing Lee showcases his intricately knotted pieces. To complement CA’s increasing interest in wood, this year’s exhibition features more wooden teapots than in previous shows. Nationally acclaimed woodturners John Jordan and Dixie Biggs will both feature their work, as well as internationally known pioneer woodturner David Ellsworth, to name a few.