Karen Karnes Lidded Stoneware Teapot
A hand thrown, lidded, functional stoneware teapot by highly regarded ceramic artist Karen Karnes (American, 1925-2016). This architectural orange and brown teapot features an overall rough texture, triangular body shape, and a semi-circular handle that spans the top from the straight diagonal spout to the opposite side of the pot. The pot includes a removable cone-shaped lid that points downward into the pot, with a steam hole to the bottom. The piece is marked near the bottom with Karnes monogram ‘KK.’
Karnes began her formal artistic training in her hometown at the Brooklyn College and graduated in 1946 with a degree in Design. After college, she began to work alongside her husband and fellow artist, David Weinrib, in Pennsylvania and it was there that her interest in clay began. Wanting to advance her knowledge in the medium, she studied abroad in Italy for a year and returned to New York to study ceramics on a fellowship at Alfred University. During 1968, Karnes met ceramic artist Byron Temple and learned the salt glaze technique. She became a pioneer for the salt-glazing technique and later wood-firing during the 1980s. In 1998 she was recognized with the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship the American Craft Council’s highest honor. Her ceramic work is housed in institutions throughout the world. Some institutions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
- minor wear consistent with age and use