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Samurai teapot 2004

Robert Foster (born 1962, Australia)

Samurai teapot
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Robert Foster is an Australian metalworker and he works mainly with aluminium, titanium and stainless steel, which he combines with alloys which are unexpected and non-traditional. His work is extraordinarily beautiful with an elegance that comes from an engineer's understanding of the properties of his raw material. In creating the Samurai teapot he has accomplished the extraordinary feat of raising titanium, anodised to give a glowing grey sheen to the metal. Referencing a Japanese warrior's helmet, the design speaks of Australia's close geographical and cultural connections with Japan. There is also a close connection between Aberdeen and Japan, making it an appropriate acquisition for our collections. Thomas Blake Glover, the Victorian entrepreneur, was raised in Aberdeen. Glover is credited with introducing the first railway locomotive, mechanised coalmine and dry dock to Japan. He also founded the Japan Brewing Company, makers of the hugely popular Kirin Beer and was instrumental in the foundation of the Mitsubishi Nagasaki shipyard. Today he is still known in Japan as the Scottish Samurai.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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