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Large Vase

2000 Brother Thomas Bezanson Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1929 Died: Erie, Pennsylvania 2007 porcelain 12 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. diam. (32.5 x 39.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ann L. Bronfman © 2000, Pucker Gallery, Inc. 2000.61 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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The bulbous body of Large Vase is enhanced by the rich mustard yellow, elm-ash glaze that flows from the top. Brother Thomas views his work as a spiritual exercise. This is most clearly the case during the firing process, when he surrenders control over what the piece will look like and accepts the "gifts from the fire." (Artist quoted in, The Boston Phoenix, October 8, 1999)

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain