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William Kidd

American, born 1961

Untitled, 2008

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Dimensions: 8 × 7 × 7 in. (20.3 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm)

Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2015.90

Contemporary ceramicist, William Kidd explains that his work is not an imitation of any real living thing, but rather fantastical forms based on the natural world. He is inspired by the detailed scientific observation of microorganisms, fungi, seeds, cacti, and sea life. His objects are decorative and sculptural, not functional like a Neolithic vessel. He uses a potter’s wheel to create the overall shape and adds details by hand. William Kidd’s clay of choice is red earthenware, which is finished using underglazes and his signature crawl glaze that creates a crackle-like finish. General Earthenware Text:Earthenware has lowest firing temperature of the three classifications of clay. It is relatively porous and soft. It is the most commonly found clay in nature, and is the raw material used to make everything from tiles and bricks to vessels and sculptures. In its raw state, the presence of iron oxide makes earthenware appear brown, red, or gray.

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