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1996 Galen Carpenter Born: Newton, Kansas 1946 cristobal and chipboard 11 5/8 x 10 7/8 in. diam. (29.5 x 27.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) 2003.60.5 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"If you let Mother Nature determine the form, the bowl will be beautiful." Carpenter, quoted in Traditional Home Magazine, September 1993

Luce Center Label

Galen Carpenter believes that the natural grain of each piece of wood determines the final form of the vessel. But as a starting point, he holds a fan belt up to the sun and twists it into different shapes studying the shadows it throws on the floor. Once he sees a shape that he likes, he traces the outline on the floor with chalk and uses this as the initial form of his design. In this piece, Carpenter transformed inexpensive chipwood into a vessel that appears to have been made from exotic materials. Rippling lines of wood fibers flow around the surface of the vessel, emphasizing its rounded form and suggesting the gentle movement of water.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - cristobal

About Galen Carpenter

Born: Newton, Kansas 1946