Eight Red Bowls

Media - 2001.9 - SAAM-2001.9_1 - 45463
Copied Margaret Boozer, Eight Red Bowls, 2000, Maryland terra cotta and pine, 23 1427 145 38 in. (5969.113.6 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund, 2001.9

Artwork Details

Eight Red Bowls
23 1427 145 38 in. (5969.113.6 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund
Mediums Description
Maryland terra cotta and pine
  • Object — other — dish
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Artwork Description

Margaret Boozer made Eight Red Bowls after seeing an exhibition of Chinese archaeological digs. One particular photograph of a dig site showed what she described as "a rectangular pit with a pile of pots unearthed in one corner, the discarded remnants of a funeral feast." The memory of that photograph inspired her to make this piece, in which she poured liquid clay, also called slip, into a wooden frame. She then shaped several bowls on the potter's wheel and dropped them onto the wet red slip. As the clay hardened, cracks formed around the slumped bowls so that they appear to emerge from the dried earth.