Ceramic Wall Mural “#988

  • Robert Sperry, Ceramic Wall Mural "#988", 1991, stoneware with slip and glaze, steel, plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patti Warashina, 2021.86.2

Robert Sperry defined creativity as an expression of the universe to complexify, to elaborate, and to challenge the unknown … to create the unknown.” This monumental wall mural breathes life into his words. The black-and-white striations, swirling and scrolling waves, and crackled surface patterns are revelations of the artist’s creative universe. Sperry achieved this texture by painting thick brushstrokes of slip (a mixture of clay and water) onto the ceramic surface before firing. 


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Ceramic Wall Mural “#988
Artist
Date
1991
Location
Dimensions
75752 in.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patti Warashina

Mediums
Mediums Description
stoneware with slip and glaze, steel, plywood
Object Number
2021.86.2
Palette
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