A local artist is celebrating after he secured the front cover of Bonhams catalogue with the sale of his unique teapot which was snapped up by a collector in the United States for £7,500.
St Leonards-based Gary Morga, says the teapot, which was hand crafted in gilding metal, nylon and silver plate, was a one-off and he is over the moon both with the sale and that fine art and auction house Bonhams considered his piece worthy of the cover.
He said: “I was delighted when I saw the Bonhams catalogue with my teapot featured on the front cover and three and a half pages about me and my work inside.
“It was the star piece in Bonhams auction, amazing, it’s still sinking in.”
Gary’s lot at the auction included two wooden models and card cut-outs/templates he used while designing and during construction, along with copied pages from his notebook from his time at Camberwell School of Arts, where working sketches of the teapot are shown.
Scottish-born Gary moved to St Leonards eight years ago. He studied 3D design, silversmithing and metalwork at Camberwell School of Arts, completing his studies with his masterpiece teapot.
He went on to complete the MA (Design) course at Glasgow School of Art in 1986 and was awarded the Haldane Scholarship for excellence.
He then set up his own studio and also collaborated with several contemporary designers, including the Memphis Group in Milan.
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On selling his teapot Gary said: “I was really pleased it sold to a collector in the USA who frequently lends items from his collection to museums and exhibitions.”