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1986 Bob Stocksdale Born: Warren, Indiana 1913 Died: Oakland, California 2003 Philippine ebony 3 5/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/4 in. (9.3 x 15.6 x 13.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason 1991.169.7 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"I do not turn bowls as thin as I could, for I try first to give the piece strength and durability and then thinness without fragility." Bob Stocksdale, American Craft, 1988

Luce Center Label

Bob Stocksdale believed a vessel must be both functional and beautiful. He did not allow the walls of his pieces to become too thin and never included cracks or blemishes. He explored a wide variety of colors and textures of wood, but his forms were always consistent, with only slight differences in height and shape.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ebony