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1992 Randy Stromsöe Born: Los Angeles, California 1951 spun pewter, gold leaf 8 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (21.2 x 15.5 x 15.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.28 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


Luce Center Quote

“The beauty of the material is in its shine, its crispness . . . the way light plays off the hammered texture . . . Metal is cold to the touch yet it instantly warms with that same touch. It’s wonderful.” Randy Stromsoe, quoted in “Ask the Artist,” The White House Collection of American Crafts, virtual exhibition, 1995

Luce Center Label

To create this vase, Randy Stromsoe shaped two pieces of sheet pewter, polishing one to a high sheen and incising the other with a pattern of crisscrossing lines. The bright surface of the inner vessel stands out against the darker body, and the pattern of gold leaf evokes a stylized landscape of mountains against a stormy sky. This simple yet luxurious decoration evokes a medieval beaker that would not have been out of place at a royal banquet.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - pewter