Garden Lantern

Media - 2000.65A-B - SAAM-2000.65A-B_1 - 61275
Copied Don Sprague, Garden Lantern, 2000, stoneware with high copper matte glaze, overall: 18 3810 12 in. (46.726.8 cm) (diam.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art, 2000.65A-B

Artwork Details

Title
Garden Lantern
Artist
Date
2000
Dimensions
overall: 18 3810 12 in. (46.726.8 cm) (diam.)
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
Mediums
Mediums Description
stoneware with high copper matte glaze
Classifications
Object Number
2000.65A-B

Artwork Description

Don Sprague first began to design lanterns around 1995 when his sister-in-law wanted one to keep lit in her garden in memory of her mother. The artist has continued to build lanterns, altering their shape, size, and glazing through the years. His interest in the surfaces of his pots is noticeable in the varied carvings that enrich the body of this lantern. The copper-based glaze evokes the bronze Chinese lanterns he often looks to for inspiration.