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Garden Lantern

2000 Don Sprague Born: Tacoma, Washington 1946 stoneware with high copper matte glaze overall: 18 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (46.7 x 26.8 cm) (diam.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 2000.65A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Label

Don Sprague first began to design lanterns around 1995 when his sister-in-law wanted one to keep lit in her garden in memory of her mother. The artist has continued to build lanterns, altering their shape, size, and glazing through the years. His interest in the surfaces of his pots is noticeable in the varied carvings that enrich the body of this lantern. The copper-based glaze evokes the bronze Chinese lanterns he often looks to for inspiration.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware

About Don Sprague

Born: Tacoma, Washington 1946