Amphora: Western Civilization

Amphora: Western Civilization

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Amphora: Western Civilization
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Overall H: 46.7 cm, Diam (max): 26.5 cm, W: 29 cm
Not on Display
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© Artists’ Legacy Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York (
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A studio ceramics pioneer, Frey is best known for her colossal painted clay figures that weigh thousands of pounds and often stand over 10 feet high. Using thick, gaudy glazes and china paints associated with hobbyists, she developed a deliberately unrefined style. In her drawings, Frey often depicts embattled figures. At the end of her career, she produced huge painted doubled-handled vessels (amphoras ) with imagery inspired by Wedgwood ceramics and ancient Greek vases. Her glass amphoras are related to this late work.
Fighting Men Series I
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Inc., Source
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Cobalt blue and colorless glass; blown and cased; Paradise glass paints, applied. Open-mouthed vessel with applied rim. Slightly elongated body with two handles at the neck Some air bubbles in the glass. The paintings were made cold on an oval-shaped cobalt glass bubble. Afterward, the glass bubble was gradually reheated then cased, blown, and tooled into its final shape.
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 44, 176-177 (fig. 99, plate 65); BIB# 149403
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, p. 61, #42; BIB# AI79879
Recent Important Acquisitions (2010) illustrated, p. 103; BIB# AI79772
Viola Frey: A Lasting Legacy (2005) p. 34; BIB# 109844