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Mind Boggling

October, 1993 Georgia Blizzard Born: Saltville, Virginia 1919 Died: Marion, Virginia 2002 low-fired clay 10 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (26.0 x 26.7 x 18.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase 1997.124.141 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B


Luce Center Quote

“I can get rid of taunting, unknowing things by bringing them out where I can see them . . . I feel the need to do it.” Georgia Blizzard, quoted in Jonathan Williams, “Rattler on the Ledge: Georgia Blizzard and Her Pottery Vessels,” SAAM curatorial file

Luce Center Label

Georgia Blizzard often used religious imagery to decorate her pots, and the figures in Mind Boggling reflect her ideas about life after death. The winged figures around the neck of the piece suggest angels guarding the gateway to heaven. The floating people underneath evoke spirits, and the turmoil around the bottom may symbolize life on earth.

Keywords

Fantasy - winged being

Figure group

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

clay

About Georgia Blizzard

Born: Saltville, Virginia 1919 Died: Marion, Virginia 2002

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