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Kyneton, Victoria, Australia born 1962

Emerald odyssey teapot 2005 Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
metalwork, decorative design, stainless steel and anodised aluminium
Technique: 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