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Maurice Grossman


Bridge Form

22.5 x 8.875 x 7.5 in. (57.15 x 22.543 x 19.05 cm)
Museum Purchase with the Charter Member Endowment Fund

Maurice Grossman’s Bridge Form is a playful amalgamation of wheel-thrown and hand-built porcelain parts combined to form a tall rounded basket with a large overarching handle attached to the rim. The basket form is accompanied by a separate, 4-legged pedestal upon which the basket rests. Both forms are glazed a solid grayish white hue which provides a stark contrast to the roughly textured surface and small shadowy square holes that have been pierced into the wall of the basket form.

Grossman was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to a poor Jewish family stricken with hardship at the beginnings of The Great Depression. However, his family persevered through his school years after which he was able to attended Wayne State University and Ohio State University where he studied the arts. In 1955, he moved to Tucson and founded the ceramics program at the University of Arizona where he taught for the next thirty-five years and eventually retired to the post of Professor Emeritus. A lifelong traveler, Grossman’s work and philosophy in life incorporated ideas from Buddhism and drew inspiration from the elaborate architecture of Europe and Asia. He was a tireless maker, educator, and social activist until his passing in January 2010, at 82 years of age.

Ayla Murray

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