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1990 Bob Stocksdale Born: Warren, Indiana 1913 Died: Oakland, California 2003 Masur birch 4 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. diam. (10.6 x 11.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason 1991.169.5 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

"I make whatever I can work out of that piece of wood. I don't visualize the shape until I get it on the lathe and start cutting away the shape I don't want . . . I just work out what comes naturally." Bob Stocksdale, Woodwork, 1989

Luce Center Label

Bob Stocksdale enjoyed experimenting with new shapes, and his work explores a wide variety of bowl forms. In each of these pieces he has elevated the vessel by balancing it on a narrow foot. Stocksdale did not consider his design before starting to turn, but often allowed the rich patterns and colors in his exotic materials to dictate the finished form.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - birch