Be Still…

  • Kathleen Royster Lamb, Be Still. . ., 1998, stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 2000.3A-G

Be Still… is a tea set—the pear half and quarters are actually elaborate stands for the teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl. Like many of Kathleen Royster Lamb’s pieces, leaves and thorns play a prominent role in the interpretation of the design. To Lamb, the leaves signify a protective layer while the thorns symbolize pain. Lamb considers the pear shape to be a feminine form where the leaves protect the fruit’s fleshy, delicate core from the thorns of the creamer and sugar bowl. By exposing the core of the fruit, she wants to create a feeling of vulnerability and drama. Lamb intentionally emphasized the length of each pear’s stem in an attempt to represent the balance, or lack thereof, that we find within ourselves. (Susan Peterson, Contemporary Ceramics, 2000)

Title
Be Still…
Artist
Date
1998
Location
Dimensions
part A (half pear): 4 1412 146 14 in. (10.731.115.8 cm) part B (quarter pear): 4 x 9 346 18 in. (10.124.815.5 cm) part C (quarter pear): 3 14125 34 in. (8.330.514.5 cm) part D (sugar bowl): 3 346 344 in. (9.617.210.1 cm) part E (creamer): 3 346 784 58 in. (9.517.611.9 cm) part F (teapot): 7 127 384 58 in. (19.218.811.8 cm) part G (lid): 2 182 181 38 in. (5.35.33.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art

Mediums
Mediums Description
stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – fruit – pear
Object Number
2000.3A-G
Palette
Linked Open Data
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