California Dream (close-up view)		          ©    2005

Close-up view of the front of the California Dream Teapot constructed from pre-printed steel from recycled tin containers.
The peacocks are part of an early 20th century fruit crate label evoking the romantic vision of California.

The “Golden State’s” reputation of abundance started with the gold rush, and then drew waves of settlers with stories of fertile valleys of vegetables and fruit. Hollywood and Silicon Valley continue to inspire the world – California is where the future can be envisioned or re-invented every day. The modern legends of California are rooted in reality but stretched to heroic proportions.

The design and concept of this teapot were evoked by an exquisite, Art Nouveau porcelain teapot (made in 1903) that was featured in a 1996 Christie’s auction catalog. The prestigious auction acknowledged its unique iconic identity and sensuous, romantic style.

My work does not seek value in its materials (tin cans), but asks us to re-evaluate how an object is valued in our material culture. Does value exist because of when something was made; or who made it; or from the materials used? Or is value created by marketing, advertising and consumption? These recycled materials and exaggerated dimensions with historical references seek to reveal, examine, and perhaps re-evaluate the values of our consumer society.


22” height
20” width at handle to spout
7.25” depth
Photo Credit: Philip Cohen

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