Vase

  • Rude Osolnik, Vase, 1984, birch plywood and walnut, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.23

Rude Osolnik detested waste and tried to find a use for all his scrap materials. Laminated Birchwood Bowl and Vase were made from discarded pieces of birch plywood. Osolnik glued strips of the plywood together to form blocks from which the vessels were turned. The laminations in the plywood give an illusion of dramatic grain curving around the vessels.

“[The] diversity, color, grain, and texture [of wood] are constantly fascinating. Each piece is like a human fingerprint: no two pieces are alike.” Rude Osolnik, 1985
Title
Vase
Artist
Date
1984
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 386 in. (18.815.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb

Mediums
Mediums Description
birch plywood and walnut
Classifications
Object Number
1995.100.23
Palette
Linked Open Data
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