Joan Mondale | Bowl
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Joan Mondale lives in Tokyo, where her husband, Walter Mondale, serves as American Ambassador to Japan. She has taken a leadership role in the national crafts movement since the 1970s. While her husband served as Vice President, Mrs. Mondale used their official residence as a showcase for the work of contemporary American craft artists. Every year, she mounted a major exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and crafts from all over America.
"To show off American creativity," The Washington Post chronicled on May 24th, 1992, "Mrs. Mondale bought, with the household money, a 16-place luncheon service of pottery... handblown goblets... glass dessert plates...place mats... and salt and pepper shakers." She also commissioned a rocking chair by Sam Maloof.
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