More than 200 teapots in exhibit, from functional to conceptual

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Whether you drink hot tea or not, having it poured from a teapot makes the experience about more than just having a drink. As many ways as there are to enjoy hot tea, the container from which it is served can offer something visually appealing, too. There is just something about a teapot that makes it more than a container.
A fine crafts gallery in Creedmoor is hosting its ninth exhibit of artistic teapots, including some that are functional, as well. The National Teapot Show IX is going on now through Sept. 7 at Cedar Creek Gallery.
Cedar Creek owner Lisa Oakley said the gallery began the show in 1989 and has it every three years. The first show came about because they were looking for a show to challenge artists and stretch them a bit to do something out of the box, she said.
“So many elements in a teapot make it exciting to look at,” Oakley said, noting the lid, handle, spout and body. “We got a huge response from artists and folks coming to see the show.”
The current show has more than 200 teapots on display created by artists from 37 states. Teapots are functional, conceptual and sculptural. They start with the same idea and even if they use the same materials, they come up with vastly different teapots, she said. There are no limits on medium or size, and the largest teapot in a show was 3 feet tall, Oakley said. Mediums used include pottery, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media. Quite a few can be used for tea, if you like function with form. The artists in the show are all invited and include a dozen from Durham and Chapel Hill.
Oakley drinks mostly iced tea, but does own some of the teapots that have been in the shows. Coming up with the list of artists is always challenging, she said, because people want artists they know as well as those who are new to the show.
Oakley herself has a hot glass studio on the Cedar Creek Gallery grounds. The gallery was started by her parents, potters Sid and Pat Oakley, in 1968.
All the teapots in the show are for sale, with prices ranging from $55 to $5,000.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: National Teapot Show IX

WHEN: Through Sept. 7. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
WHERE: Cedar Creek Gallery
1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor
INFORMATION: For information about the gallery, visit cedarcreekgallery.com. To view and purchase teapots, visit shopcedarcreek.com.

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