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Untitled Vessel

2000 Ralph Bacerra Born: Garden Grove, California 1938 Died: Los Angeles, California 2008 earthenware with overglazed enamels and metallic lusters 34 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (88.3 x 41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of The Greenberg Foundation, Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, and Carol and Charles Rademaker and their children Garth and Louise 2002.4A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A


Luce Center Label

Ralph Bacerra uses spiraling lines, squares, dots, and incisions to lead the eye around the entire piece. He makes no preliminary sketches before starting a new vessel, relying on each element of his work to inspire him as he goes along. As he says, “I put a color down and that leads to another color and shapes begin to emerge . . .” (quoted in American Style, Summer 2001). The bold colors for which Bacerra is known stem from the varying temperatures in the kiln.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Ralph Bacerra

Born: Garden Grove, California 1938 Died: Los Angeles, California 2008

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