This bowl contains Sharon Doughtie’s deeply personal story of survival. In the early 1990s, she and her husband, woodturner Pat Kramer, experienced a volcanic eruption on Hawai’i Island. Doughtie felt lava splattering around her, and she was seriously injured by the impact of a rock. And yet, Doughtie recalled, “it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen — the birth of land.” She turned this bowl to reinforce her connection to the earth. The Celtic knotwork pattern symbolizes the wind circulating around the two poles of Earth.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022
Four Winds, Two Poles
- 3 × 9 in. (7.6 × 22.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D.
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- Norfolk island pine
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