Once fully coated with pitch or resin, these tightly woven baskets originally held water. Similarly, this Grueby Company vase was shaped from wet clay and then fired in a kiln. Firing removed all traces of water from the clay, hardening the vase so it could be used as a container for fresh flowers. All three artists created beautiful and functional vessels for holding water.
From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art
Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.
Clara G. Corser Turner Churchill (1851-1945) and Frank Carroll Churchill (1850-1912), Utah, probably, June 1907; bequeathed to present collection, 1946.
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