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Light Gatherer

Rudolf Staffel, American, 1911 - 2002

Made in United States, North and Central America


Unglazed porcelain washed with copper salts

8 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches (22.5 x 14.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Perry Ottenberg, 1991

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Rudolf Staffel is renowned for his work in porcelain, which he began using exclusively in the mid-1950s. His handling challenged the medium's traditional associations with delicacy and fragility. Hand-built objects such as this vase reveal his improvisational technique of pinching, pulling, layering, and patching the clay, creating a form that is simultaneously abstract and evocative of nature. Staffel intended the irregularities in the vase's body to heighten the drama of porcelain's translucency, as capturing effects of light was his ongoing passion.