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1984 Thomas Hoadley Born: North Adams, Massachusetts 1949 porcelain 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 in. (13.3 x 13.3 x 12.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of R. Ford Singletary from the collection of Randy M. Leonard 1991.5.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Quote

"Straight parallel lines are created by stacking up slices of various colored clays but in the manipulation of the resulting soft block of clay, the lines become undulating or are perhaps made to taper down to hair’s breadth . . . I think of my patterns as being a collaboration between my imposed structure and the clay's wise alteration of that structure." Artist statement

Luce Center Label

Thomas Hoadley used the Japanese technique of nerikomi to create the delicate lines of color in this vessel. He stacked thousands of thin layers of colored clay to create a "loaf," then cut the loaf into thin slices and assembled the pieces to create the bowl’s final form. Hoadley started using this labor-intensive technique in the early 1980s, and feels that it creates an "organic union of pattern and structure." His pieces from this period often comprise three colors, and exhibit spirals, stripes, or checkerboard compositions.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain