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1984 Rude Osolnik Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001 birch plywood and walnut 7 3/8 x 6 in. (18.8 x 15.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb 1995.100.23 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"[The] diversity, color, grain, and texture [of wood] are constantly fascinating. Each piece is like a human fingerprint: no two pieces are alike." Rude Osolnik, 1985

Luce Center Label

Rude Osolnik detested waste and tried to find a use for all his scrap materials. Laminated Birchwood Bowl and Vase were made from discarded pieces of birch plywood. Osolnik glued strips of the plywood together to form blocks from which the vessels were turned. The laminations in the plywood give an illusion of dramatic grain curving around the vessels.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - birch