Image of a silver plated baroque coffee pot. Vertically spliced open and an insert of lead soldered in, the original feet become pigeon toed and the lead suggests a cleavage.


I was told by traditionalists that “you’re not a real silversmith until you have made a teapot.” My response was to take an unwanted antique, chop it up and stuff it with lead. Shifting it from recognisably traditional and functional to dysfunctional and highly poisonous. Most of these classical pieces are rarely used and often don’t even pour properly – they just dribble.

Ooh Lala
Material   Silver Plate, Lead
Dimensions   27 x 15 x 36cm
Year   2008
Location   Public Collection Dallas Museum of Art USA