Vase in Brown and White

Media - 1997.109.5 - SAAM-1997.109.5_1 - 56247
Copied Thomas Hoadley, Vase in Brown and White, 1981, colored porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.5

Artwork Details

Title
Vase in Brown and White
Date
1981
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
9 145 38 in. (23.513.7 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery
Mediums
Mediums Description
colored porcelain
Classifications
Object Number
1997.109.5

Artwork Description

Thomas Hoadley used the Japanese technique of nerikomi to create the delicate lines of color in this vessel. He stacked thousands of thin layers of colored clay to create a "loaf," then cut the loaf into thin slices and assembled the pieces to create the bowl's final form. Hoadley started using this labor-intensive technique in the early 1980s, and feels that it creates an "organic union of pattern and structure." His pieces from this period often comprise three colors, and exhibit spirals, stripes, or checkerboard compositions. In Vase in Brown and White, Hoadley created a pattern that evokes feathers or shells, whose organic form inspired many of Hoadley's later artworks.

Luce Object Quote
"Straight parallel lines are created by stacking up slices of various colored clays but in the manipulation of the resulting soft block of clay, the lines become undulating or are perhaps made to taper down to hair's breadth . . . I think of my patterns as being a collaboration between my imposed structure and the clay’s wise alteration of that structure." Artist statement