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Untitled (Rat With Cookie)

Craig Hinshaw

American, born 1950

Untitled (Rat with Cookie), 1977

  • On View

Stained and lustered stoneware

Dimensions: 8 3/4 × 5 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (22.2 × 14.6 × 9.5 cm)

Museum purchase, 1977.9

The teapot has been a mainstay of traditional ceramics for centuries, but artists have also used the form to explore its creative possibilities. In this work, Craig Hinshaw has used the shape of a rat holding a cookie to create a playful interpretation, one that makes you wonder whether or not the beverage it may hold is consumable. Hinshaw has devoted his life to making and teaching art. For a decade he was the studio supervisor at the FIA's Art School, and has since worked as a writer, teacher, and art specialist. His works have been on exhibition throughout the United States and Japan. His subject matter finds its roots in his native Indiana where he received his BS from Ball State University. He completed an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Hinshaw's work typically is figurative animal sculpture with a sense of irony and humor.

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