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Tim Mather

American, b. 1943

Vessel with yellow top

13.3 x 10.75 x 4 in.
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Tim Mather’s Vessel with Yellow Top is a slip-cast porcelain assemblage of industrial-looking components that resembles a stylized pouring vessel. The cylindrical body has a long, narrow spout and hooklike handle with an opening resembling a small funnel attached to the top. The piece has been raku fired, giving it a mottled grey-brown and metallic finish with contrasting areas of bright yellow added, a treatment that links the lid and the tip of the spout.

Mather is an American artist and educator born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, who currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana. In his early career, Mather worked as a studio potter in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Ohio before accepting a position at Indiana University, Bloomington, in the school of art, architecture, and design. He employs both stoneware and porcelain in creating functional and sculptural pottery that combines various construction processes and firing techniques. The resulting pieces, he says, are meant to “challenge viewers to use their imagination and reconsider the possibilities, meaning, and metaphor of common objects.”

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