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1993 Rob Barnard Born: Lexington, Kentucky 1949 anagama fired clay with glaze 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (27.3 x 21.0 x 19.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 1997.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

Rob Barnard believes that imperfections are necessary in pottery, because they give the artist room to grow and improve. The grooved surface and uneven lip of this pot add to the originality of the piece. The artist left a portion of the decorating up to chance, allowing the ash from the kiln to color the raw clay during the firing process. Barnard fired this pot in an anagama kiln, like those used by potters in Japan from the fifth through the sixteenth centuries. The wood-fired kiln is large enough to hold as many as five hundred pieces of pottery and can reach temperatures of 2,400 degrees.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay