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Akan

1984 Robert Turner Born: Port Washington, New York 1913 Died: Sandy Spring, Maryland 2005 wheel-thrown, glazed, and sandblasted stoneware 17 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 11 1/4 in. (44.2 x 31.5 x 28.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick 1993.54.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Robert Turner created many vessels inspired by his travels through Africa in the 1970s. This piece reflects the circular houses of West Africa’s Akan communities, with their domelike roofs and the smoke holes covered by “black and charred” pots that caught Turner’s eye. He added long, thin pieces of clay to the surface so that they “move” around the pot as if  “in a dance, spanning space like a bridge.” (Turner, “Born Remembering,” The Studio Potter, June 1982)

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware

About Robert Turner

Born: Port Washington, New York 1913 Died: Sandy Spring, Maryland 2005

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