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Betty Woodman (aka Elizabeth Abrahams Woodman), American, (1930–2018)
Pitcher, 1978
Earthenware
15 in. x 22 in. x 15 1/4 in. (38.1 cm x 55.88 cm x 38.74 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Slab Method
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 80.8.33


Commentary
"Applying green and brown semitransparent glazes reminiscent of sixth-century T'ang tomb sculptures to a whiteware body, Woodman used a shape derived from Etruscan pottery. Formed through throwing and extruding, this overscale vessel brings these traditional elements into the present. Postmodern in its sensibility, Pitcher, 1978, further develops the break with mid-century pot-making begun by Voulkos during the Otis years."
(Martha Drexler Lynn, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 106)

Marks
"WOODMAN" stamped in clay (incised) on side at bottom of handle.

Medium
Glazed low-fire earthenware; slab rolled and molded.

Object Description
Oval (pillow) shaped ceramic pitcher with round opening; handle on one side (center) and spout on the other; with green and brown splotchy glaze.

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