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Floating Rim Bowl

1988 Al Stirt Born: New York, New York 1946 myrtle burl 3 1/8 x 11 1/2 in. (8.0 x 29.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb 1995.100.29 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"I seek a balance in my work between the dynamic and the serene. By playing with the tension created by combining the circle’s perfection with the energy of pattern I am trying to make pieces that have life." Al Stirt, 2004

Luce Center Label

Al Stirt encourages people to hold his functional vessels, believing that beautiful objects should be used in all aspects of everyday life. This bowl is turned from myrtle burl, an extremely hard, rare wood from the Northwest that has dense swirls of gray and brown grain. This vessel’s simple form and rough, carved detail highlight the dark, mottled grain of the myrtle burl.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - myrtle

About Al Stirt

Born: New York, New York 1946