produced within the metalsmithing tradition usually
have a thin, yet durable, skin or shell-like structure.
Tom Muir’s piece uses the copper “skin”
both for structure and to define a part of the human
anatomy, namely the hand, as part of an exploration
of the symbolic and utilitarian possibilities of the
teapot. Of this piece, he writes: “The meanings
of the hand are manifold and resonant. We are accustomed
to regarding the hand as a bearer of individual uniqueness—fate
is written in the palm, according to tradition, and
the hand represents the signature of a particular
artist or maker. In sum, the hand helps to define
and characterize the handmade and man-made object.”
This stylized hand explores the imaginary and utilitarian
possibilities of the teapot.