Christopher ROBERTSON, William teapot Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Christopher ROBERTSON

Norseman, Western Australia, Australia born 1957

William teapot 2004 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, teapots, stainless steel, 925 silver, satin box wood stainless steel, 925 silver: fabricated, welded and cast; wood: carved

Dimensions: 18.5 h x 13.0 w x 18.3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2004.412.A-C

Working as a designer and maker of furniture, jewellery, and metalwork, Christopher Robertson’s diversity of output is unified through his references to aspects of Australia’s natural environment. Following research into the use of native plants and woods, he combines wood with intractable materials, such as stainless steel. Robertson shows how poetic, formal concepts can result from coalescing geometric and organic materials and forms to create new solutions to familiar functional problems. While each of his objects is practical and functional, their tactile surfaces and witty use of materials and organic forms invite the user to explore their material and structural complexities.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Robertson‘s research into the use of native plants and woods brings aspects of Australia’s natural environment to the design of this teapot. Working with intractable materials such as stainless steel, he shows how poetic formal concepts can result from an understanding of how geometric and organic materials and forms can coalesce into new solutions to familiar functional problems. This teapot has a drum-shaped stainless steel mesh strainer that lifts out with the disc-shaped lid, inviting the user to explore is material and structural complexities, while reflecting on the simplicity of the billycan used for making tea in the bush.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design