In this early work by Ruth Duckworth the banded, buff and painterly surface of the exterior contrasts the glossy dark interior of the bowl. Duckworth came to England in 1936 as an émigré. She initially studied stone carving and worked as a stone sculptor for nearly a decade. In the early 1950s, following the advice of Lucie Rie she studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design. She moved to Chicago in the mid-1960s and here she was commissioned for several large-scale ceramic murals that united her carving and ceramics practices.
Sim Panaser, August 2020
Birks, Tony, and Jo Lauria, Ruth Duckworth: Modernist Sculptor (Aldershot: Lund Humphries, 2005)
Birks, Tony, Art of the Modern Potter (London, Country Life Books, 1976)
Not on display
Artist/Maker: Ruth Duckworth
Born: 1960 c.
Object Type: Bowl
Measurements: h. 140mm
Accession Number: 50740
Production Place: Britain, England, Europe
Copyright: © Thea Burger
Credit Line: Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Leslie Birks Hay and allocated to SCVA, 2016