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Large "Desert" bowl (glazed rim)

about 1940
Glen Lukens (American, 1887–1967)


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

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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 "Glen Lukens" in blue inside foot


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)

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