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Tall Vase

n.d. John Nelson glazed stoneware 30 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (76.5 x 22.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.109.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Label

In Tall Vase, John Nelson curved the sides of the vessel, stretching and twisting it into an elongated shape. The mottled tones of brown, gold, and yellow evoke layers of earth, while the white shapes resemble seeds falling from the top of the vase to gather around the base. The colors and shapes suggest the artist was inspired by organic forms and wanted his finished piece to reflect the natural appearance of the clay.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware