Large Silver Globe

  • Rick Dillingham, Large Silver Globe, 1978, raku, silver leaf, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Robert and Sharon Buchanan, 2021.41.4

Rick Dillingham carefully hand built and fired this large clay globe. And then he shattered it. He glazed and raku-fired the shards, then he just as carefully rebuilt it. The repaired pot revels in its imperfections, highlighted by the strips of silver leaf, strokes of blue glaze, and cloud-like spots and speckles. Dillingham developed this intense process after years of studying and restoring ancient Pueblo pottery. The shimmering, imperfect globe reflects Dillingham’s idea that no one is a master of ceramic arts, it’s just a matter of how much you can cooperate with the elements at the time.” 

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Large Silver Globe
Artist
Date
1978
Location
Dimensions
overall: 12 78 × 15 78 in. (32.7 × 40.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Robert and Sharon Buchanan

Mediums
Mediums Description
raku, silver leaf
Object Number
2021.41.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
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