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Media: creamware, glaze
Size: h(cm) : 15.9 x l(cm) handle to spout : 24.2 x diam
Acquired: 2004; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 37260
Walter Keeler is one of the leading studio potters working in Britain. His work is highly individual and energetic, yet remains functional. Keeler’s early career was defined by his radical take on the traditional medium of salt-glazed stoneware. This vibrant yellow teapot with green splashes and brown streaks represents his experimentation with colourfully glazed earthenware during the mid-1990s. This type of glaze is often described as ‘Whieldon’, as it was first developed by Thomas Whieldon in Staffordshire during the 1740s. The spiked 'crabstock' handle and spout introduce an element of danger and play into the notion of functionality.