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ca. 1967 Merry Renk Born: Trenton, New Jersey 1921 cast and oxidized sterling silver with biwa pearls 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (3.3 x 3.3 x 4.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joan Watkins 1993.78.4 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"[I]t has been the structure of nature that I love and that I use. And so it draws me and I draw it." Merry Renk, interview, Archives of American Art, 2001

Luce Center Label

Pool is a design meant to evoke the landscape of California. For this piece, Merry Renk developed an alternative technique of wax casting, in which she dipped cloth into wax and then pinched it around the metal to raise hills and valleys and form a "pool." She oxidized the low surfaces to create the black patina.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

stone - pearl