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Teapot

Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    July 1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vegas, Johnny (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Unglazed earthenware assembled from thrown sections

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Johnny Vegas

  • Museum number:

    C.2-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 2, shelf 2

The teapot was made on-stage during a performance by entertainer Johnny Vegas at the Ceramic Millennium conference in Amsterdam, 1999. It was thrown and assembled by Vegas in under 60 seconds as part of a challenge he set to potters Peter Starkey and Morgen Hall. The teapot was subsequently fired by Babs Haenen.

The teapot is often regarded as the most challenging of ceramic forms. Made up of several functional parts; body, spout, handle, lid and internal strainer, the teapot can be complicated to perfect if it is to be practical as well as aesthetic. Teapots can be hand-made by throwing or modelling each component part and then joining the parts together, as is common in studio ceramic practice. It is also possible to use moulding techniques, often employed by industry. Usually a combination of these methods is used to produce a particular shape or design.

Physical description

Roughly formed unglazed earthenware teapot. The pot has been assembled from thrown sections. The lid has been fired attached to the body, and is inseparable. Unmarked.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)

Date

July 1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Vegas, Johnny (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Unglazed earthenware assembled from thrown sections

Marks and inscriptions

None

Dimensions

Height: 12.0 cm, Width: 17.5 cm, Depth: 11.1 cm

Object history note

The teapot was made on-stage during a performance by entertainer Johnny Vegas at the Ceramic Millennium conference in Amsterdam, 1999. It was thrown and assembled by Vegas in under 60 seconds as part of a challenge he set to potters Peter Starkey and Morgen Hall. The teapot was subsequently fired by Babs Haenen.

Descriptive line

Earthenware teapot made by Johnny Vegas, 1999

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See Ceramics Collection Object Information File

Production Note

Fired by Babs Haenen

Materials

Earthenware

Categories

Studio Pottery

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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