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