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Carved Forms

1979 Nina Gaby Born: Rochester, New York 1950 thrown, carved and glazed porcelain 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (11.4 x 9.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1981.61A Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


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Nina Gaby's Carved Forms are a pair of irregularly shaped vases, each with a unique, notched lip and sculpted surface decoration. She used a strong, fine-grained clay that is able to stand up to her manipulations, from incising a design in the surface to the removal of sections of clay. Despite their small scale and decorative holes, the vases remain useful objects. These vessels highlight Gaby's interest in creating small, detailed pieces, inspired by viewing Persian miniature paintings in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain