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Untitled Roofscape Vessel

1986 Lidya Buzio Born: Montevideo, Uruguay 1948 Died: Greenport, New York 2014 slab-constructed earthenware painted with color oxide slips, burnished, fired, and waxed 12 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (32.1 x 31.8 x 27.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund © 1986, Lydia Buzio 1995.65 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


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Lidya Buzio moved to New York City in 1967 and began to see a rhythm in the movement of the rooftops of the Manhattan skyline, which she translated onto the surfaces of her pots. In Roofscape Vessel she achieves a sense of depth by slanting the lines on the façades of the buildings and tilting the roofs. Buzio also creates three- dimensional space by raising two of the rooftop gutters off the surface of the pot. The pastel colors of the evening sky hide any signs of the chaos of city life and create a calm, peaceful atmosphere.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - detail - roof

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Lidya Buzio

Born: Montevideo, Uruguay 1948 Died: Greenport, New York 2014