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1986 Michelle Holzapfel Born: Woonsocket, Rhode Island 1951 cherry burl 9 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. diam. (24.6 x 29.9 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) © 1986, Michelle Holzapfel 2003.60.19 Not currently on view


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Michelle Holzapfel harvests burls and other irregular pieces of wood around her home in Vermont and turns them on the lathe. She allows the shape and grain of the wood to influence her designs, and here the polished surface emphasizes the cracks and knotholes that make the wood appear as though it grew into this shape naturally. But the carved protrusions stand out from the surface like a line of bolts, reminding us that this vase was crafted by hand.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - cherry