Natural Top Hopi Bowl | Melvin Lindquist

Natural Top Hopi Bowl

Hop Hornbeam Burl; lathe turned,
9 1/2 x 10" (24.1 x 25.4 cm)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

In pursuit of the ideal vase form, this craftsman has been turning bowls for over 50 years. Using skills and knowledge gained through his engineering and machinist backgrounds, Lindquist developed new tools and techniques for working with difficult woods. This vase, inspired by Native American ceramic forms, illustrates the artist's fondness for exploring the individual character of each piece of wood to enhance its imperfections.

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Natural Top Hopi Bowl (Detail)

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