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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 object that resembles an assemblage of mechanical components into a stylized pouring vessel. The cylindrical body has a long, narrow spout and hook-like handle with an opening akin to a metal 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, sunny yellow added which visually separates the lid and tip of the spout.

Mather is an American artist and educator born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1943 and currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana. In his early career, Mather worked throughout the United States as a studio potter in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Ohio before accepting a position at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Art, Architecture and Design. Mather employs both stoneware and porcelain to create functional and sculptural pottery that combines various construction processes and firing techniques. The resulting pieces are meant to "challenge viewers to use their imagination and reconsider the possibilities, meaning, and metaphor of common objects.”

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