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American Decorative Arts
Decorator: Adam Silverman, American, born 1968
Manufacturer: Heath Ceramics, American, founded 1948

Vase

2010

Earthenware with glaze

7 × 4 3/4 in. (17.78 × 12.07 cm)
Gift of Vanessa Wolf Alexander, B.A. 2001, M.Phil. 2005, and Matthew Alexander, B.A. 2001
2011.181.1
Edith Heath founded Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California, in 1948. Her simple shapes and earthy glazes grew out of her participation in the postwar studio ceramics movement, from which she would later be ostracized for founding a manufacturing company. Heath Ceramics has continued production and in recent years has partnered with Adam Silverman, a Los Angeles–based potter who trained at the Rhode Island School of Design. In this vase, Silverman has taken a Heath-designed form and overlaid it with his signature volcanic glaze in an audaciously vibrant color. The juxtaposition revivifies the traditional form while simultaneously reaffirming Heath’s connection to other midcentury ceramicists, like Gertrud and Otto Natzler.
Geography: 
Made in Sausalito, California
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2012.pdf (accessed December 21, 2012).

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