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Sketchbook of designs for pewter teapot

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kearney, Eleanor (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper, drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eleanor Kearney

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2D, shelf DR79, box SS61

Physical description

Sketchbook containing sketches, designs, finish experiments and photographs of finished teapot made by the designer during her final year at Camberwell College of Art. The postcard and photographs are source material showing stacked rounded forms followed by her own inspired sketches and workings on this theme.

Place of Origin

London (designed)


1997 (made)


Kearney, Eleanor (designer)

Materials and Techniques

paper, drawing


Height: 21.7 cm, Width: 25.8 cm

Object history note

Designs, experiments and photography produced of finished teapot during designers final year at Camberwell College of Art

Descriptive line

Sketchbook of design ideas for pewter teapot by Eleanor Kearney, 1997

Labels and date

The sketchbook and designs for a teapot by Eleanor Kearney are valuable recent additions to the Designs Collection as they represent the work of a leading contemporary metalwork designer working in pewter. They cover the whole design process from initial sketch to technical drawings for the manufacturer and chart the design as it evolved into the final piece. They are of particular significance to the Collection as the teapot for which they were made was acquired by the Metalwork Department earlier this year (M.12-1998).
The inspiration for the teapot came from a medieval Spanish castle perched on a rocky outcrop which the designer saw whilst on holiday. She is interested in rounded forms stacked on top of other forms and how they balance and intergrate with each other. Pewter is another particular interest for the designer, who is a keen advocate of its re-evaluation as a practical, cheap alternative to silver and which has its own peculiar qualities of reflection and beauty. []


Paper; Pencil; Ball point pen; Coloured pencil; Fibre tipped pen; Ink; Water-colour; Etching; Pewter; Photocopy paper; Newspaper; Tracing paper; Photographic paper


Drawing; Painting; Photography; Collage




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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