Spotted at SOFA

Jeffrrey Lloyd Dever, “Nestled Repose” teapot, 2008
11″h x 12.75″w x 11″d, polymer, wire

Function+Art is showing this fantastic teapot form at SOFA in Chicago this weekend. You can often find Jeff’s work in del Mano Gallery as well.

Here’s what Jeff told me about this piece:

“Nestled Repose” was a response to one of my galleries request for an interpretation of a teapot. It reminds me of the tousled array of natural forms one might find at the edge of a wooded path or stream, resting silently. The structure of the piece is reminiscent of other sculptural baskets I’ve created, and fits nicely into the expansion of that vocabulary.

This piece was a technically challenging piece, as all the numerous parts were fabricated separately and then assembled into a single piece. I enjoy the exploration of simple inexpensive materials transformed in the mind, the eye, and by the hand of an artist into a complex thing of beauty.”

“Nestled Repose” Teapot, back view

Photography: Gregory R. Staley

I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.