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Pita Bread Spoon

1994 Norm Sartorius Born: Salisbury, Maryland 1947 amboyna burl 2 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (6.1 x 22.7 x 8.4 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) © 1994, Norm Sartorius 2003.60.50 Not currently on view

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"There is no end to the variety this form can take. I'm crazy about rare and beautiful wood, and I get such pleasure from making something that is pleasing to the eye, pleasing to the touch, and different from anything else you've seen." Norm Sartorius, 1996

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Amboyna wood is found in Southeast Asia and is the rarest of all burls, favored for its tightly clustered swirls of dark brown and vivid orange grain. Pita Bread Spoon highlights this rich pattern with a large, sweeping bowl and rounded handle. The spoon's folded shape evokes a piece of soft pita bread, and it is easy to imagine biting into the smooth edge of this tempting sculpture.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - amboyna

About Norm Sartorius

Born: Salisbury, Maryland 1947

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