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1992 Nancy Jurs Born: New York, New York 1941 stoneware with terra sigillita overall: 13 3/8 x 12 1/4 x 6 7/8 in. (34.0 x 31.2 x 17.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1993.23.2A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

Nancy Jurs transforms the practical teapot into a solid, nonfunctional sculpture. She covered the pot with terra sigillata, a slip glaze that has been used since ancient Roman times to create a metallic appearance. The artist is drawn to organic forms, as here in the rough, irregular surface of the sculpture. Jurs also demonstrates that this piece, like many people, is a work in progress, still evolving and changing.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware