Bauhaus Tea Pot

Marianne Brandt.          1924               Tea Pot       

When your student work gets instant recognition, you must be onto something. Shortly after joining the Bauhaus, this exceptionally gifted photographer, artist, sculptor and designer created this remarkable teapot with infuser, made from silver and ebony as her first work. Her outstanding career at this famous design school did not end with her diploma, the second ever awarded in metal work at the Bauhaus, but she went on to become acting workshop director and negotiated some of the most important contracts between the school and industry. She ultimately left, to join a former colleague’s studio in Berlin and then moved on to become head of metal design in a factory where she continued to produce outstanding work. The German pre-war depression era put an end to her promising design career, and she continued to work as an artist through the war and thereafter.