Saturday, September 21, 2013

Large and Lava

Iris Barna (1920-2007) was a German-born potter who made a name as a gallery worthy artist in the American Southwest. Based in Santa Fe, she was most prolific in the 50s -70s. She used only stoneware and other clays and materials that could be derived locally in New Mexico, yet the German influence is quite clear in her technique. Notice the touch of blue dripping lava-like from the top. This is a large scale work with a custom wrought iron base, likely commissioned by the artist as a way to elevate this work as fine art - both literally and as a way to give it reverence.
Vessel = 13.5" x 12" , 18" with stand

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