Richard Notkin seeks to make a difference through powerful imagery. Astonishingly, the simple form of a teapot has proven a near-perfect vehicle for his complex and increasingly universal expression. It has held his attention since 1976, and between 1983 and 1994, he dedicated nearly all of his artistic effort to creating a series of teapots--slipcast but each unique--that represents one of the most sustained and committed bodies of work in contemporary ceramics.
Notkin continues to add to this series, but since 1994, he has divided his time equally between the teapots and larger-scale, more sculptural work. He currently employs individual political imagery as George W. Bush, Abu Ghraib, and nuclear power.
John Natsoulas Press