The teacups titled Consuming Conversation are a variant edition of 200 cups constructed from recycled tin cans from 2001-2003 as a commentary about our consumer society. Each cup has a different product identity. It symbolizes the fact that we go shopping as social interaction and entertainment.
On the top of each cup are words or comments inspired by advertising. Each letter is cut from various tin cans. Tinted resin fills each cup to almost overflowing as if it were filled with "tea", a metaphor for the overabundance in our society.
A concealed rod holds each stack of cups together in a precarious position. A position mirrored in our current economy of overspending and consuming without regard to realistic finances.
Pre-printed steel from recycled "tin containers", sterling silver and brass handles, 10 k. gold rivets.
2 5/8" approx. height of one cup
5.5" approx. diameter of a saucer
12.5" height of stack
TOP TO BOTTOM:
cup: “Twinings of London”
cup level: “Stay longer than you planned”
cup: “illy” espresso
cup level: “Making China is over rated”
cup: “Maxwell House since 1892”
cup: “Mr. Coffee…Coffee 5 cents…Fresh Roasted Coffee”
saucer: “Authentic Irish Cream Liqueur”
cup level: “Live Coffee last drip”
cup: “Ice Cold Coca Cola”
Available for purchase or exhibition.
Retail Price: $3,200