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Vessel

1976 Richard Hirsch Born: New York, New York 1944 wheel thrown and glazed clay 19 1/2 × 12 1/4 × 12 in. (49.5 × 31.1 × 30.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Robert and Marguerite Antell 2000.59 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Quote

"I really am an abstractionist. I deal with concepts like line, form, color, composition, and balance." The artist, quoted in Susan Wechsler, Low-Fire Ceramics: A New Direction in American Clay, 1981

Luce Center Label

While living in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Hirsch glazed and fired his pieces at home rather than in his studio. After once forgetting to bring home his usual combustibles, Hirsch instinctively used hay instead. When he removed his pieces from the kiln, he found that the hay had left behind white imprints, which he likened to "painting with smoke." This led Hirsh to use only natural materials, like grass and flowers, to fire his pots. The cracks and holes in the clay on the surface of Vessel also appeal to Hirsch, who enjoys the opportunity to deal with positive and negative space. (Susan Wechsler, Low-Fire Ceramics: A New Direction in American Clay, 1981)

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

clay