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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Wood: Amphora

John Jordan, Joe Miller
red maple, steel, and string
overall: 16 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (41.6 x 16.6 x 16.3 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb
"Manipulating the color and patterns in the wood to complement the form, and the texturing and carving to create visual and tactile contrasts are important parts of the process and the result." John Jordan

Amphora is a collaborative piece by John Jordan and Joe Miller (born 1944), who made the metal base. The wrought iron gently elevates and supports the vessel, which is unable to stand alone. The delicate carving around the rim complements the stripes of brown and red grain flowing down toward the vessel's pointed base.

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