Let's talk about teapots for a minute. As hot-water vessels, these commonplace kitchen accessories are often pretty, quaint, grandmotherly — not quirky, fanciful works of art (which makes sense, considering your nana's velvet paintings and doily tendencies — her house isn't exactly full of art-museum material). But at the Craft Alliance (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-1177 or www.craftalliance.org
), teapots are elevated from kitchen objects to objets d'art that are certainly worthy of the gallery space in which they dwell. Hot Tea
, an exhibition of more than 50 artists' multimedia teapot interpretations, showcases pieces that range from the sleek and modern — pots that would look right at home in today's stark stainless-steel kitchens — to the beautifully utilitarian and from the unexpected (Ann Coddington Rast's Offering Teapot
features two hands cupped together) to the whimsical — a piece of cake with a fork in it, for instance. Hot Tea
opens at the U. City Craft Alliance location with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 15, and the show remains on view through Sunday, February 28; the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 28, 2010