Vase in Brown and White

  • Thomas Hoadley, Vase in Brown and White, 1981, ceramic, 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

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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.

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
Title
Vase in Brown and White
Artist
Date
1981
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
9 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (23.5 x 13.7 cm) diam.
Credit Line

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
ceramic
Classifications
Object Number
1997.109.5
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