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1974 Douglas Steakley Born: Ashtabula, Ohio 1944 silver 11 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (27.9 x 14.5 x 6.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.163 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Quote

"I'm looking for something that will allow me to make an object, either as small as an earring or as large as a silver bowl, that will say 'this piece is made by Douglas Steakley.'" Douglas Steakley, June/July 1980

Luce Center Label

This silver pitcher was the first of an edition of ten pieces and represents Steakley's earliest work in hollowware. The lengthy process began with a sheet of silver that was cut to a pattern, wrapped into a cylinder, and soldered. The bottom and spout were added to the form and the piece was smoothed with a hammer, then filed, sanded, and polished. After the handle and edging were completed, the pitcher was silver-plated and polished again to achieve a sleek, gleaming finish.


decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver