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Large "Desert" bowl (glazed rim)

about 1940
Glen Lukens (American, 1887–1967)


Dimensions

Overall: 12.1 x 57.2 cm (4 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1117

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics

Very large “Desert” bowl with bare white clay, four trailed concentric circles of very thick turquoise glaze around lip


For thirty years Lukens was professor of ceramics at University of Southern California. Committed to exploring the raw material of ceramics, he worked in earthenware and sought out native materials—agate, amethyst, turquoise—in the dessert around his home for his experiments with glazes. His simple, clean forms are covered in deep dripping glazes in the brilliant “California colors” of the local landscape. “My work is an incarnation of the [American] West,” Lukens said.

Signed

Signed "Glen Lukens" in blue inside foot

Provenance

May 5, 1995, sold by Mark McDonald, New York, to Philip E. Aarons, New York; 2012, year-end gift of Aarons to the MFA. (Accession date: Februrary 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons in honor of Jules and Jeanette Aarons