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Coiled Pot

ca. 1986 Louise Goodman Born: 1937 fired clay with piƱon pitch 14 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (37.8 x 28.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.155 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

Louise Goodman makes rope pots by twisting coils of clay into a cylinder. She smoothes the inside of the clay, but leaves the outside rough to show the separate coils. This is a difficult technique, because each coil needs to be evenly rolled and carefully joined to create a uniform finish. She then fires the clay in a pit, allowing the smoke to create patches of color known as "fire clouds."


decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


plant material

About Louise Goodman

Born: 1937

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