Vessel #453

  • Max Krimmel, Vessel #453, 1997, lathe-turned Colorado alabaster with satine (bloodwood), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Krimmel Family, 1998.131

Max Krimmel’s process involves roughing out the rock with an air chisel, then using carbide-tipped scrapers and finer tools for the actual turning. The thin rim of bloodwood, added to the piece before the final polishing, accents the soft colors of the stone and the thinness of the alabaster, which is often less than 316 of an inch thick. Krimmel’s alabaster is so fragile that it often shatters on the lathe, and the artist is resigned to losing as many as twenty percent of his pieces this way.

Turning rocks is tricky, but that just adds to the fun. And delicately colored stones like alabaster, when turned, develop a pleasant translucent glow.” Max Krimmel, Alabaster on the Lathe,” no date

Title
Vessel #453
Artist
Date
1997
Location
Dimensions
8 1216 in. (21.640.6 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Krimmel Family

Mediums
Mediums Description
lathe-turned Colorado alabaster with satine (bloodwood)
Classifications
Object Number
1998.131
Palette
Linked Open Data
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