James Prestini, Bowl, 1933-1953, birch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1970.46.2
James Prestini perfected the revolutionary technique of crafting vessels with porcelain-thin walls. His work became famous in the 1940s, and people were amazed by his innovative use of such a familiar material. Prestini’s skilled use of the lathe shows in his perfectly symmetrical bowls and platters, and their simple forms, soft curves, and clear finishes emphasize the beauty of each type of wood.
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“The significance of my work is my ability to make it. To do that, I have to understand what I’m doing.” James Prestini, 1984
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2 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (6.7 x 12.0 cm.) diam.
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