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Bede Clarke

American, b. 1956


11.125 x 9.5 x 2.875 in. (28.258 x 24.13 x 7.303 cm)
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

In his art practice, Bede Clark makes functional pottery like Pitcher as well as ceramic sculptures and works on paper. Pitcher is indicative of his pottery, which is wood-fired and glazed with earth tones. Clark made this piece with stoneware, a type of ceramic fired at high temperatures to produce a vitrified (nonporous) surface to make it food safe. In contrast, earthenware is a low-fire pottery that can only be made impervious to liquids by glazing.

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