Pot

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Paul Soldner turns our expectations of beauty and function upside down by inverting the body of this pot on its short pedestal. By leaving a tiny square opening at the “top” of the piece (which used to be the “bottom”), the artist makes his pot perfectly useless. But Soldner carved out the graceful outlines of irregularly shaped leaves to make his pot beautiful, and if he had not turned the pot on its head, the viewer would not see the leaves clearly.

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“[Soldner’s work has] . . . a respect and reverence for the natural qualities of clay and a realization of their potential beauty. It is free of gimmicks, free of the quick joke so prevalent in contemporary ceramics.” Judith Dunham, “Paul Soldner,” American Craft, October/November 1982

Title
Pot
Artist
Date
ca. 1958
On View
Dimensions
21 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (55.3 x 52.7 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Hermine and Lloyd Beck

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed stoneware
Classifications
Object Number
1991.175.5
Linked Open Data
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