Ritual Display | James C. Watkins

Ritual Display

1992
stoneware; wheel-thrown and sagger-fired
19 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (49.5 x 48.9 cm)
Lent by the White House,
Gift of the artist.
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

Influenced by the desert topography of the American Southwest, Watkins's double walled and massive wheel-thrown caldrons conjure up the scorched walls of deep canyons. Snakes and bird-shaped adornments serve as guardians on the rims of his bowls, evoking mystery, magic, and ritual.

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