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Light Gatherer

Rudolf Staffel, American, 1911 - 2002

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Unglazed porcelain

9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (24.1 x 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Philadelphia Chapter, National Home Fashions League, Inc., 1970

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    In the mid-1950s, Rudolf Staffel, a ceramist and professor in Philadelphia, began his groundbreaking experiments with porcelain in which he attempted to make the material’s natural translucency and luminescence integral to his work. With its strapwork decoration and delicate, thin-walled sections through which ambient light softly glows, this bowl, part of his Light Gatherer series, demonstrates his mastery of the fragile and challenging clay. Considered one of the leading ceramic artists of his generation, Staffel brought a new voice to the field with his innovative work in porcelain. Elisabeth Agro, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, p. 386.