Folded Bowl

  • Tom Joyce, Folded Bowl, 1993, forged iron, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1993, Tom Joyce, Gift of Virginia McGehee Friend, 2001.14

Execution Date

“The fire is hot; the material cools fairly rapidly. So, all of the necessary forging processes have to occur in a very short amount of time.” Artist quoted in American Craft, February/March 1995

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Folded Bowl is one of many that Tom Joyce has created based on the Fibonacci numbers, a sequence discovered by the thirteenth-century Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. These refer to the proportions that seeds, leaves, or the segments of a nautilus shell take on as they grow. Joyce “folds” seven feet of metal into an angular composition, then hammers the iron to stretch and curve the sections into a bowl form that resembles an unfolding flower. The piece is then patinated with rainwater and burnished with hot wax.

Folded Bowl
On View
4 x 16 x 15 in. (10.2 x 40.6 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Virginia McGehee Friend

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forged iron
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