Black Pot

  • David Ellsworth, Black Pot, 1994, ash, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1996.98.2

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David Ellsworth developed a series of bent turning tools that allowed him to work from a very small opening. He produces huge vessels with walls as thin as 1/16 of an inch that are incredibly light and fragile. The narrow opening prevents him from seeing inside while turning, so Ellsworth uses only the sound of his tools to determine how much he has gouged from inside the form.

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"It has been my desire to push the technique of lathe turning beyond its traditional limits, to elevate the concepts of the wooden 'bowl' to that of the wooden 'vessel.'" David Ellsworth, 1999
Title
Black Pot
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Date
1994
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Dimensions
14 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (35.9 x 34.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

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1996.98.2
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