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Porcelain Bowl with Green Glaze

1979 Elsa Rady Born: New York, New York 1943 Died: Culver City, California 2011 glazed porcelain 5 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (12.7 x 24.8 x 24.8 cm) 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 1997.109.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Label

Elsa Rady often spends hours carving the rims of her pieces. She includes notches in the rim to reduce the likelihood that the thin walls will crack during firing, but also to add detail to her beautifully spare, unadorned pieces. The curved notches in the rim of Porcelain Bowl with Green Glaze suggest circular movement. An art collector once suggested that this design was inspired by Rady's mother, a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, which was known for choreography that incorporated long, flowing skirts.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Elsa Rady

Born: New York, New York 1943 Died: Culver City, California 2011

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