Detail View

Salt Bowl
Date: 1999
Culture: African-American
Dimensions: Object: 8 3/8 in. x 15 in. x 15 in. (21.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
Medium: pit-fired stoneware, salt, sticks
Credit Line: Permanent Collection Fund Purchase
Label Text: A small vessel is contained within a larger one, surrounded and secured by layers of bright white rock salt and stubby twigs. The artist has challenged the traditional vessel form by filling it with non-traditional items. The result is an earthy, textural exploration for all our senses. The rough, knobby twigs and hard, jagged pieces of salt contrast sharply with the smooth clay surface. Notice the layers of dark, light and dark again as you move from the center to the outer edge. This is also visible on the mottled exterior. We can imagine the taste of the salt as well as the sound of crunching twigs. Maria Scott was born and raised in Chicago but has lived in Kalamazoo since 1984 following her graduation from Siena Heights College. Although she sketches new ideas constantly, she rarely works from them. Most often, she allows her sculptures to follow their own course. Her hand built forms are bisque-fired, then buried in sawdust which is set on fire. The burning sawdust leaves the artwork with a smoky finish that the artist feels suits her forms.
Object Number: 2000.37
Currently not on view