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“Pride Rock Royal-Tea” is a commissioned, carved work that is as interactive as it is whimsical. The hat functions as the teapot, the feet each teacups, and the figure in the chest the creamer – all of which can be removed from the main sculpture. What’s more is the surprise bird whistle and the mask which can be moved to cover the boy’s face.

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(b. 1958 Owensboro, Kentucky)

Red Weldon Sandlin is a primarily self-taught clay artist who started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Inspired by children’s literature, she creates elaborately painted hand-built teapots and always incorporates the image of a book as a painted plinth in each piece. Each book’s title reflects the sculpture above, subtly changed to make a tongue in cheek play on the original – oftentimes aligning the story’s themes with her own coming-of-age, highlighting the universal experience of growing up.

Weldon Sandlin’s earlier career as a graphic designer and illustrator is evident in her process, which begins with sketches and detail motifs drawn on tissue in order to transfer the sketches onto ceramic surfaces. She spends ​“endless time” in libraries researching imagery and patterns for her sculptures, from ancient Chinese textile design to books on exotic animal care.

“[The teapot] lends itself to a host of possibilities and is the perfect narrative form, since it can be read by rotating it. I handle teacups the same way: Tell a story start to finish by merely turning it. Spouts and handles can be arms, twigs, hair braids, tails, or even a suggestion of male anatomy. Teapot bodies can be anything from bodies, heads, or even whole caterpillars. Lids can often be a surprise reveal when removed. The narratives come from the stories I read as a child, mixed with life’s experiences. My hope is that I am presenting work that the viewer will be drawn into. Initially it appears fun and familiar, but on further inspection there is more to discover – like a good story.”
– Red Weldon Sandlin


Red Weldon Sandlin

1958 Born Owensboro, Kentucky



1978 AA Visual Communications, Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

1986 Figure Painting, Continuous Education Program, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

1988 Hand-building, Abernathy Community Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia


1978-1989 Graphic Designer and Illustrator

1991-2012 Hand-building Instructor for adults and children, Abernathy Community Arts Education Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2008-2012 Retail Window Designer, Stylist and Prop Maker, Mooncake Clothing Boutique, Atlanta, Georgia

1986—Studio Artist, Decatur, Georgia


Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.



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Glueck, Grace,  ”A Proliferation of Pots: from Exquisite to Goofy to Run of the Kiln.” New York Times, March 28, 2003.

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Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots–Volume 2. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2013.

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