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Persimmon Vessel

1999 Jerry Hovanec Born: Swoyerville, Pennsylvania 1947 Ruthann Renee Uithol Born: Seattle, Washington 1960 blown glass 7 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. diam. (18.4 x 13.6 cm) irregular Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Annie H. Moore 2000.108 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B


Luce Center Label

This vessel is part of an on-going series of persimmon-inspired pieces made by husband-and-wife team Jerry Hovanec and Ruthann Renee Uithol. Persimmon Vessel skillfully evokes the berry's wrinkled texture, bulbous shape, and rich red-orange color. The fruit of the American persimmon tree can grow to be six centimeters in diameter and ripens in the late fall or early winter (after the first frost), when the initially astringent flavor becomes sweet and the fruit softens. Hovanec and Uithol remember seeing a fruited tree on a visit to the Warrior's Rest Sanctuary in Calvert County, Maryland, and the contrast of the orange berries against the bright blue sky inspired them to re-create the fruit in glass. The artists hot tool the glass to fashion the stemmed top, and quench the hot glass in water to create the wrinkled texture.

This artwork was recommended by citizen curator nbelolan as part of our Fill the Gap project on Flickr.

Keywords

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About Jerry Hovanec

Born: Swoyerville, Pennsylvania 1947

About Ruthann Renee Uithol

Born: Seattle, Washington 1960