Walrus

  • Carl Walters, Walrus, 1933, ceramic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1966.27.11

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Carl Walters invented the trademark blue glaze seen on Walrus while working in his Greenwich Village apartment. He was inspired by a blue faience necklace he had seen at an exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and wanted to re-create the color. Despite having no prior knowledge of ceramic making, he worked for eleven months with only a crucible and a Bunsen burner until he finally produced the color he desired, which he named "Walters Blue." He also built his own kiln to fire the pieces glazed with this new color. Throughout his career, Walters created a menagerie of sculpted ceramic animals, giving each one its own personality and charm. The goofy expression of the Walrus seems well suited to a creature with such a comical physical appearance.

Title
Walrus
Artist
Date
1933
On View
Dimensions
7 x 8 5/8 x 17 5/8 in. (17.8 x 21.9 x 44.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of International Business Machines Corporation

Mediums
Mediums Description
ceramic
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – walrus
Object Number
1966.27.11
Palette
Linked Open Data
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