Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Oliver Hilliard Booth III
turned and carved black walnut
8 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (21.7 x 43.9 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb
|"Shaping the wood... gratifies my fascination with spatial form and line, grain, color and texture." Hilliard Booth, 1997|
Hilliard Booth turned and sanded his vessels before applying designs in pencil. He meticulously carved the details into the wood with a fine tool, taking many hours to complete a single carving. Groups of tiny cutouts follow the same direction around the vessels: in African Dance they form a ribbon around the center, and in Bowl they flow down from the opening in textured waves.