Ruth Duckworth preferred to leave her pieces untitled so as to not influence our perception of the work. In Untitled (Bowl Form), she incorporated asymmetrical and undulating forms, characteristic features of her work. She believed creating art should be playful and instinctual and the uneven black lines and irregular glaze at the center of this piece appear spontaneously applied, highlighting the bowl’s wavy base.
“What originally fascinated me about porcelain was its fragility in the unfired state. A sort of testing of my ability to be caring and nurturing enough to make a piece that would survive my handling. How fragile can I make it and have it survive?” The artist, quoted in American Ceramics, Fall 1992
Untitled (Bowl Form)
- ca. 1979
- 6 1⁄2 x 21 in. (16.5 x 53.3 cm.) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Leatrice and Melvin Eagle
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- glazed porcelain
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