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1999 Stephen Merritt Born: Rochester, New York 1947 terra cotta 15 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (39.5 x 42.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Shelby M. Gans in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, on the 5th anniversary of his appointment as curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum 2000.67A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

Stephen Merritt’s terra-cotta jars commonly present wide bodies that rest on a narrow foot. To create the surface texture the artist pressed an incising tool into the body of the pot while it spun on the wheel, creating a single, unbroken spiral that covers the pot. His pots are not only functional but become sculptural in their elegant forms and delicate surface decoration.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - terra cotta

About Stephen Merritt

Born: Rochester, New York 1947