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Robert FOSTER, Emerald odyssey teapot REDUCE 1/1


Robert FOSTER

Kyneton, Victoria, Australia born 1962

Emerald odyssey teapot 2005 stainless steel and anodised aluminium stainless steel: hot-formed, welded, abraided and polished. Aluminium: machined, bent and anodised.
25.0 h x 26.0 w x 15.0 d cm
Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.643
Designed and made by Fink & Co. Pty Ltd

  • Robert Foster is a designer and maker of hand-finished stainless steel and anodised aluminium vessels, with a particular interest in teapots. The making process is as important to him as the design, and he constantly explores the malleability of metal using traditional and non-traditional methods, such as shaping by pressure-forming and the controlled use of explosives to deform the metal. As a teapot, Emerald odysseyis ambiguous in form, its body sitting squat, like a drop of mercury held in by its meniscus, but ready to take flight as might a duck. It is pierced by a rigid, linear handle that emerges as the spout, creating visual tension as it passes through the body. In polished, satin-smooth stainless steel and bright green aluminium, this work is part of a continuum of pouring vessels in which Foster’s witty approach to materials and form encourages the viewer’s own inquisitiveness, both with the eye and the hand. MH


    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010

  • Robert Foster is a designer and maker of hand-finished stainless steel and anodised aluminium vessels, with a particular interest in teapots. The making process is as important to him as the design, and he explores the malleability of metal using traditional and non-traditional methods, such as shaping by pressure forming and the controlled use of explosives to deform the metal.

    As a teapot, Emerald odyssey is ambiguous in form, its squat body like a drop of mercury contained by its meniscus, but also duck-like, and ready to take flight. It is pierced by a rigid, linear handle that emerges as the spout, creating visual tension as it passes through the body of the vessel.

    In polished, satin-smooth stainless steel and bright green aluminium, this work is part of a continuum of pouring vessels in which Foster’s witty approach to materials and form encourages the viewer’s own inquisitiveness, both with the eye and the hand.


    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
    From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014