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1933-1953 James Prestini Born: Waterford, Connecticut 1908 Died: Berkeley, California 1993 Mexican mahogany 3 x 11 5/8 in. (7.1 x 29.5 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1970.46.11 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 - mahogany