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Eight Red Bowls

2000 Margaret Boozer Born: Anniston, Alabama 1966 Maryland terra cotta and pine 23 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (59 x 69.1 x 13.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund 2001.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

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Eight Red Bowls

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"Pots, dirt, food, ritual . . . are incredibly rich ideas to work with." Artist biography, Renwick curatorial file

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Margaret Boozer made Eight Red Bowls after seeing an exhibition of Chinese archaeological digs. One particular photograph of a dig site showed what she described as "a rectangular pit with a pile of pots unearthed in one corner, the discarded remnants of a funeral feast." The memory of that photograph inspired her to make this piece, in which she poured liquid clay, also called slip, into a wooden frame. She then shaped several bowls on the potter's wheel and dropped them onto the wet red slip. As the clay hardened, cracks formed around the slumped bowls so that they appear to emerge from the dried earth.


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decorative arts - ceramic

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