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1933-1953 James Prestini Born: Waterford, Connecticut 1908 Died: Berkeley, California 1993 birch 1 3/4 x 7 in. (4.5 x 17.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1970.46.5 Not currently on view

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"The significance of my work is my ability to make it. To do that, I have to understand what I'm doing." James Prestini, 1984

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James Prestini perfected the revolutionary technique of crafting vessels with porcelain-thin walls. His work became famous in the 1940s, and people were amazed by his innovative use of such a familiar material. Prestini's skilled use of the lathe shows in his perfectly symmetrical bowls and platters , and their simple forms, soft curves, and clear finishes emphasize the beauty of each type of wood.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - birch