February 1–March 29, 2009 

(Columbus, Ohio)—Over 50 functional teapots as well as nonfunctional teapot forms by contemporary artists working in clay, glass, metal and fiber will be presented in “The Infinite Teapot,” a curated exhibition opening on February 1, 2009, at the Ohio Craft Museum. On view through March 29, the exhibition showcases work by such nationally known artists as Ron Meyers, Tom and Elaine Coleman, Rimas VisGirda, Susan Ewing, Arthur Liestman, JoAnne Russo and Jeff Oestreich.

“The teapot is a comforting and everyday object that resonates with all of us,” notes curator Kay Koeninger, associate professor of art at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. “But these contemporary artists take the teapot as a first step—and then explore the form in different ways and in different materials. The themes of European and American folk art, Asian pottery, trompe l’oeil,  Cubism, Pop Art, fantasy, social commentary and even the Baroque, come into play as the extraordinary takes shape in the idea of the teapot.”

Philadelphia ceramist Sandi Pierantozzi creates functional teapots: “Pots help me connect with people on a very basic human level,” she comments.  “In this ‘age of communication,’ where most communicating is done via high-tech equipment and machines, and so much food is being eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, I feel I can communicate through my pots by bringing some creative life into the daily rituals of eating and drinking.” Vermont basket artist JoAnne Russo, on the other hand, says, “Teapots have become highly collectible, and I am having fun creating an infinite variety of these containers.  Why make it functional, since most collections are displayed, not used? My teapots are woven out of wood, decorated with beads, hooks and eyes, and the handle, spout and lid are coiled with waxed linen wrapped over paper cord. If filled, tea would surely pour out!”

The exhibition opens on Sunday, February 1, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. During the opening, visitors will have the first chance to bid in a silent auction on ten oversize mosaic teacups created by local artists. Bidding will be open during the exhibition. “Mad Hatters,” a Hand in Hand parent/child workshop will also be held during the opening at the museum. From 1 to 3 p.m., children and their favorite adult will create fanciful hats at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, led by local fiber artist Tracy Rieger. The workshop is offered free of charge with support from the Arlington Bank. Pre-registration is required. Telephone (614) 486-4402.

On Sunday, February 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., Rieger will present “Valentine Votives,” a CraftView Afternoon workshop, during which adults and teens will learn the ancient art of glass mosaic while they create a votive candleholder. Fee: $17; ODC members, $15; includes materials. Space is limited. Telephone (614) 486-4402 to register.

The Ohio Craft Museum receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. The museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.; and Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 P.M., during exhibitions only. Admission and parking are free. For further information, telephone (614) 486-4402; or see our website at