204 of Thousands

Copied Ehren Tool, 204 of Thousands, 2014-2015, stoneware with glaze and decals, each: approx. 5 × 3 12 in. (12.7 × 8.9 cm) diam., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in honor of the people who give the work meaning, 2015.35, © 2015, Ehren Tool

Artwork Details

204 of Thousands
Not on view
each: approx. 5 × 3 12 in. (12.7 × 8.9 cm) diam.
© 2015, Ehren Tool
Credit Line
Gift of the artist in honor of the people who give the work meaning
Mediums Description
stoneware with glaze and decals
  • Object — other — dish
Object Number

Artwork Description

Tool began making cups after serving in the Gulf War to communicate his experience. His personal project soon grew to encompass the struggles of other soldiers. The cups are not for sale---Tool gives them away to servicemen and their families and anyone who asks. Each is formed by hand and stamped with an endless vocabulary of war images and insignia, echoing his message: "Once a person has witnessed war, they are forever changed."

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019


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Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world.