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Near the Pond
42 3/4 x 19 7/8 x 2 in. (108.6 x 50.5 x 5.1 cm)
(Leipzig, Germany, 1905 - 1980, Rochester, NY)
Medium and Support:
Ceramic and wood
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Watson in memory of Gertrude Herdle Moore
Location: Not currently on view
Possibly a reference to the pond near his home and studio in Pittsford, this work is one of Wildenhain’s earliest two-dimensional mural forms. Wildenhain, who founded and then taught at RIT’s School for American Crafts from 1950 to 1970, was godfather to the donors’ daughter Anastasia. She remembers visiting his studio as a child and playing with clay on his potter’s wheel. Anastasia also recalls Wildenhain complaining, while pounding his heart, that Watson, a scientist, thought with his brain while he, an artist, thought from his heart.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]