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Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition

Exhibition Details

Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition
January 10 – February 23, 2020
Opening reception: January 10, 6-8pm

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is proud to present Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition.  Having tea and cookies is a comfort and a custom many of us share in our daily lives. In this exhibition, artists were challenged to think about this pairing and communicate how they could create a conversation between the two objects. This pairing becomes an investigation around the idea of the container, both in construction and what it means to us culturally.  In Britain they have tea and biscuits, but here in America, we talk about the union of a warm beverage with a delicious cookie. We could say that this is essentially the same idea, but with different socially economic status attached to it. Actually the cookie jar is an iteration of the biscuit barrel, a British container of biscuits. As this jar form was introduced to the States and Canada, it took on the name, “Cookie Jar”.

Each artist exhibits a teapot and a container displaying the act of engagement with the interaction of the objects themselves. All the teapots and cookie jar selected are ceramic and are either functional or simply decorative. For over two decades Craft Alliance has brought the biennial teapot show to the community and with Tea and Cookies hopes to bring the viewer a sense of wonderment and delight, maybe even bringing up fond memories of their favorite tea and cookies moments. 

Sponsored by The Republic of Tea, David Charak, Sheila Greenbaum and Gary Wasserman


High School Teapot Exhibition
January 24 – March 27, 2020
The Ladue Horton Watkins Art Gallery, at Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is partnering with The Ladue Horton Watkins Art Gallery, at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, to present a High School Teapot Exhibition. This exhibition will be presented in conjunction with Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition: Tea and Cookies. Regional schools are invited to have their students submit their teapot to be on display at Ladue High School Gallery.  Over 14 schools will be participating.