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Tea Infuser

1992-1993 Thomas P. Muir Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1956 sterling silver 7 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (19.5 x 6.6 x 5.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sara Jane Kasperzak © 1993, Thomas Muir 1997.104A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


Luce Center Quote

"The observations and discoveries I make [in the woods] every day are important in my work. I try to view the bigger picture along with some of the smaller details that go unnoticed." The artist, quoted in Simon, "Tom Muir, The Forests and the Trees," Metalsmith, Summer 2004

Luce Center Label

Tom Muir looks after twenty-four acres of forest in the high grasslands of Ohio and bases many of his designs on the shapes and patterns found in trees. He spends a lot of time in the forest walking and exploring, and often creates new trails to his favorite spots. He combines elements from the natural world in his designs and here, the large ball of the tea infuser resembles a prickly horse chestnut or a thorny burr. Muir emphasizes the relationship he sees between the man-made world and nature by crafting these natural forms in highly polished, smooth silver.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

About Thomas P. Muir

Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1956