The teapots are an amalgamation of different elements: spout, lid, container body, handle, legs or foot ring, and finial. To me, there are unlimited possibilities to make teapots in any form, and colour. For an artist, this domestic object presents potential sculptural possibilities beyond the simply functional.
‘The teapot is simply one of the most potent of domestic icons, Arman calls it one of the social fetish objects, suggesting that its pace in our lives is even more complex and subconscious than we realise. It holds clues to the social station, to manners and protocols, to matters of gender, to fashion and stylisation in popular art. It meshes issues of visual art with culinary history. It intersected both fine and decorative arts. It is stained with the tea and blood of West’s insatiable thirst for this fragrant leaf. It is graced by civilised, charming social rituals. All of this meaning and memory is miraculous compacts into a small pot, a handle and spout’.
Clark, G., 2001, The Artful Teapots, Thames & Hudson Ltd. p 9.