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Gail Busch

American, b. 1958


9.75 x 6 x 2 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Gail Busch’s Cameroon, is a whimsical reimagining of the traditional teapot form. Composed of earthenware clay, the vessel has two stacked lids identical in shape to the base form of the teapot but scaled down in size in a nesting doll-like manner. Each element has been glazed in a checkerboard pattern of rich green, red and yellow, similar to those of the Cameroon flag, with more subtle areas of black and brown. The piece exemplifies Busch’s sculptural approach to pottery. He says that the objects, “add a rich depth to the genre' and blur the sometimes meaningless distinctions between the concepts of representation and presentation.”

Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1958, Busch attended the Kansas City Art Institute where she studied ceramics with colleague and future partner, Louis Katz. Together they have travelled the world and the influence of these experiences is clearly visible in Busch’s work, particularly the pottery and architecture of Thailand and Japan. She currently lives and works as an artist and educator in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Louis is the professor of ceramics at Texas A&M University.

Ayla Murray

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