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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Metal: Pagoda
Maureen Banner

Maureen Banner

(born born Chicago, IL 1946)

Meet the Banners 6.5MB

"We make an art object---a piece of sculpture, really---that is also functional." Michael Banner, quoted in Metalsmith, Summer 2001

Michael Banner and his wife, Maureen, design and create individually, but are best known for collaborating on coffee and tea services. The Banners begin a piece by brainstorming ideas: Michael waves his arms to describe how he thinks the object will look, and Maureen draws the sketches. The two then create prototypes out of sheet metal, making certain that the pieces are properly balanced. The entire process from idea to finished object can take several weeks.

Image Credits: Photo by Pat Arnow.