Born: Los Angeles, California 1958
cocobolo 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (29.2 x 16.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Luce Center Label
Dan Kvitka's turned wood vessels celebrate the natural beauty of exotic woods. In Bottle Form, Kvitka used cocobolo, a hardwood that is native to Central America and known for its dramatic, stripy grain. The vertical grain pattern accentuates the vessel's height at nearly a foot, and the swirling nodes echo its curved form. Cocobolo is naturally oily, a characteristic enhanced in Bottle Form, as Kvitka is known to spend weeks oiling and waxing his pieces to achieve a gleaming finish.
Crafts - Wood