Tall squash pot

Media - 2020.63 - SAAM-2020.63_1 - 143145
Copied Jane Osti, Tall squash pot, 2020, clay, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund, 2020.63, © 2020, Jane Osti

Artwork Details

Title
Tall squash pot
Artist
Date
2020
Dimensions
18 1812 18 in. [irregular]
Copyright
© 2020, Jane Osti
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund
Mediums
Mediums Description
clay
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object — other — container
Object Number
2020.63

Artwork Description

This pot is an abstracted round squash with its blossom leading into a tall neck. The artist fired it with wood from an Osage orange tree, which resulted in a deep, dark hue.

 

Named a Cherokee Living Treasure in 2005, Jane Osti is a master potter based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. Her art centers on preserving and promoting Cherokee culture and arts. Osti hand builds and wood fires her ceramics, often drawing from ancestral forms and designs.

 

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This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.