Untitled

  • Michelle Holzapfel, Untitled, 1986, cherry, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1986, Michelle Holzapfel, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2003.60.19

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Michelle Holzapfel harvests burls and other irregular pieces of wood around her home in Vermont and turns them on the lathe. She allows the shape and grain of the wood to influence her designs, and here the polished surface emphasizes the cracks and knotholes that make the wood appear as though it grew into this shape naturally. But the carved protrusions stand out from the surface like a line of bolts, reminding us that this vase was crafted by hand.

Title
Untitled
Artists
Date
1986
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
9 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. diam. (24.6 x 29.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)

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Classifications
Object Number
2003.60.19
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