Light Gatherer

  • Rudolf Staffel, Light Gatherer, 1987, porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick, 1993.54.15

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Rudolf Staffel created his porcelain works by pinching, scouring, and folding the clay. He manipulated the thickness of each vessel's walls so that the light creates different patterns and shapes as it filters through. Staffel began his "Light Gatherers" series in the mid-1950s. At first, he stained the pieces with colors, but in later years as the series evolved he chose to maintain the pure, unglazed white of the porcelain, with only an occasional hint of color. He began some of the pieces on a potter's wheel, while others he hand built for an uneven, layered appearance. Each work is unique, but all of the pieces in the series share the ability to capture and transmit light.

Title
Light Gatherer
Artist
Date
1987
On View
Dimensions
8 x 6 in. (20.4 x 15.3 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick

Mediums
Mediums Description
porcelain
Classifications
Object Number
1993.54.15
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