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Be Still. . .

1998 Kathleen Royster Lamb Born: Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1958 stoneware part A (half pear): 4 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (10.7 x 31.1 x 15.8 cm) part B (quarter pear): 4 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (10.1 x 24.8 x 15.5 cm) part C (quarter pear): 3 1/4 x 12 x 5 3/4 in. (8.3 x 30.5 x 14.5 cm) part D (sugar bowl): 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 4 in. (9.6 x 17.2 x 10.1 cm) part E (creamer): 3 3/4 x 6 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (9.5 x 17.6 x 11.9 cm) part F (teapot): 7 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (19.2 x 18.8 x 11.8 cm) part G (lid): 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (5.3 x 5.3 x 3.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 2000.3A-G Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


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Be Still. . . is a tea set—the pear half and quarters are actually elaborate stands for the teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl. Like many of Kathleen Royster Lamb's pieces, leaves and thorns play a prominent role in the interpretation of the design. To Lamb, the leaves signify a protective layer while the thorns symbolize pain. Lamb considers the pear shape to be a feminine form where the leaves protect the fruit's fleshy, delicate core from the thorns of the creamer and sugar bowl. By exposing the core of the fruit, she wants to create a feeling of vulnerability and drama. Lamb intentionally emphasized the length of each pear's stem in an attempt to represent the balance, or lack thereof, that we find within ourselves. (Susan Peterson, Contemporary Ceramics, 2000)

Keywords

Object - fruit - pear

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain