Blue/​Purple Ombré with Rocks

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Copied Linda Lopez, Blue/Purple Ombre with Rocks, 2018, porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 2020.64, © 2020, Linda Lopez

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Blue/​Purple Ombré with Rocks
© 2020, Linda Lopez
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Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
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  • Abstract
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Linda Lopez calls these lively porcelain sculptures “furries.” At first glance, the furries look soft and fluffy. A closer look reveals their hard porcelain surface, prompting viewers to slow down and take notice of the textures of life.


The charismatic furries were inspired by a walk in New Zealand in search of glow worms. Lopez recalls, “There was not even a glimmer of a glow, so we decided to walk the trail again. We walked slower, we didn’t talk, and we practiced seeing. Then, all of a sudden, the forest was covered in thousands of glow worms. It was that moment that made me realize that I wasn’t seeing the things around me every day.”


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