Pillow Pitcher

  • Betty Woodman, Pillow Pitcher, 1983, glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jocelyn and Charles Woodman, 1992.42

Luce Center Label

The Pillow Pitcher, inspired by traditional Etruscan vessels and Chinese porcelain pillows, is a shape that Woodman has worked with numerous times. To make the pitcher look like an overstuffed pillow bursting at the seams, the artist made two cylinders, which she attached in the middle and pinched closed at the ends. Her vibrant colors and painterly technique create a liveliness and energy in this piece. Woodman individualizes each of her unusual pots by designing different spouts and handles. In this pillow pitcher, for example, the spout is simultaneously short and elongated, complementing the horizontal form.

Luce Object Quote

“Due to . . . [the pillow pitcher’s] . . . size and proportion, actual use is impossible except perhaps in the most outrageous moment and then only with the help of a musclebound friend . . .” James R. Harris

Pillow Pitcher
19 x 16 x 23 in. (48.3 x 40.7 x 58.4 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jocelyn and Charles Woodman

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glazed earthenware
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