H. 8 3/8, W. 14, D. 7 3/4 in. (21.3 x 35.6 x 19.7 cm)
Gift of Henry and Barbara Neugass Shire, 2001
Not on view
The title of this teapot is an indication of Shire’s debt to the work of the Bauhaus designers a half century earlier. The teapot also draws on the angular, futuristic vernacular architecture of midcentury Los Angeles, where Shire was born and raised. He views his work as a challenge to the rigidity of the modernist vocabulary and seeks to create a visual dialogue between forms and surfaces, technology and aesthetics.
the designer's family (until 2001; their gift to MMA)
Richard Horn. Memphis: Objects, Furniture, and Patterns. Philadelphia, 1985.
Hunter Drohojowska and Norman M. Klein. Tempest in a Teapot: The Ceramic Art of Peter Shire. New York, 1991, ill. p. 119 (color).