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1992 Donald Jower Born: San Francisco, California 1946 wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic 22 1/8 x 7 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. (56.2 x 19.4 x 16.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.16A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Label

Donald Jower used two different ceramic processes to create this piece. He threw the base on a wheel, then hand built the top section by weaving asymmetrical strips. The symmetrical shape and dark color of the base help to emphasize irregularities in the top's form and glaze. The use of gold highlights, along with the weaving, evokes Asian latticework or a Spanish hair comb, both major cultural influences in San Francisco, where Jower was born and continues to live today.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay