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Horse Pitcher

1994 Chris Berti Born: Huntington, New York stoneware 7 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (18.9 x 22.6 x 13.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Helen Williams Drutt English and H. Peter Stern in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 2007.47.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Quote

"I like objects possessing a sense of mystery and respond to art which presents the essence of something, both the tangible and intangible, and thus speaks to the viewer on a primal level." Artist's statement

Luce Center Label

Chris Berti enjoys working with materials like clay and stone because of their rich history as artistic media, dating back to the Neolithic period (roughly 9,000 BC to 2,000 BC). Horse Pitcher is part of a series of decorated vessels Berti did in the 1990s in which he integrated animal forms onto a wheel-thrown base. Berti believes that the inclusion of these animal or spiritual beings implies movement and makes the vessels become more alive in use. (Artist’s correspondence, 2011)


Animal - horse

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Chris Berti

Born: Huntington, New York

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