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Ted Saupe

Ted Saupe

Ted Saupe is a Modern Architect of the Archaic Vessel. His earthenware and stoneware pots are neither Doric nor Ionic and are certainly not in the vein of Frank Gehry's deconstructionist form, yet they imbue a strong primitive sense of the weathered, raw and ancient. Their energetic roughness harkens back to a prehistoric time of unrefined and utilitarian wheel throwing and hand building, yet with a modern sensibility for raucous graffiti surface decoration. Saupe fires in a salt kiln, meaning that tossing and timing are crucial. Strict attention to time is one of his methods of creating his timeless art. Saupe tells us that the surfaces of his tea bowls and cups are "lighthearted bits of graffiti" but we know that his philosophy runs deeper.

 “I thoroughly enjoy activating the surfaces. I work fast and intuitively. It is controlled un-control. My work is often a reaction to my life--sometimes banal, sometimes unintentionally humorous. I respond to lyrics in songs and bits of conversation I overhear. The pictures and words on my pots are little illustrated poems. Faces, beasts of burden, birds of messages, cooking tools, art tools, buildings and plants are all supportive players in my stories." 

  • $2,800
    Ted Saupe

    Cold As Ashes, 1995

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $2,800
    Ted Saupe

    City Stack, 2008

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $2,200
    Ted Saupe

    Guarded By Goats

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $1,800
    Ted Saupe

    Sentinel, 2004

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $1,800
    Ted Saupe

    Magic Lantern, 2004

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $1,800
    Ted Saupe

    Mercy Jar, 2006

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $800
    Ted Saupe

    Tea Diagram

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $160
    Ted Saupe

    Box

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work us a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $140
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $140
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $140
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $140
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $120
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $120
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $100
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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  • $100
    Ted Saupe

    Mug

    Ted Saupe’s work is inspired by pottery styles from both Japan and the southeastern United States. His work is a way of cataloging a specific memor...

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