Convertible Car Kiln

  • Patti Warashina, Convertible Car Kiln, ca. 1971, fabric, plastic, wood, ceramic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © Patti Warashina, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1994.37.1

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Convertible Car Kiln was part of a Car Kiln series that Patti Warashina began in the late 1960s to challenge the idea that cars and kilns were part of a “man’s world.” A car kiln is literally a brick oven with shelves that rests on wheels, and Warashina puns on this idea by presenting an image of a car with a dual meaning. As a woman artist, sculpting both a car and a kiln, she demonstrates that neither of these objects is beyond a woman’s understanding or mastery.

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“When I was in school, the conversations about kiln construction and BTUs were aimed at men. It was assumed that women were china painters and would get married, stay at home, and have babies, while the clay world belonged to the men . . . In response to this macho attitude, I started making my own kilns!” Artist’s statement

Title
Convertible Car Kiln
Artists
Date
ca. 1971
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
14 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (36.9 x 90.2 x 36.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – element – fire
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
Object Number
1994.37.1
Palette
Emoji
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