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Karen Thuesen Massaro Studio Art Pottery Vase #2

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Decorations: Pre 1990: Item # 912291

Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
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Karen Thuesen Massaro Studio Art Pottery Vase #2
This beautiful 5.5" t. handmade porcelain vase is the work of Karen Thuesen Massaro, whose website can be found at There, in her artist statement, she writes,

"I make poems for the eye and the hand. Composite arrangements of forms support fired layers of color. Most of my sculptures have remained intimate in scale, and nod to the tactile and visual potential of clay surfaces. The current forms display new geometries that stem from organic shapes of previous work."

This organic/biomorphic vessel probably dates to the 1980s. It has a mottled matte glaze in shades of brown and pale yellow, with some flashes of turquoise blue and a white interior.

A frequent prize-winning potter, Massaro is featured in numerous private and public collections, including:

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin

Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA

Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas

Kohler Company Collection, Kohler, Wisconsin

Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz County, CA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

J. Orton, Jr. Ceramic Foundation, Columbus, Ohio

Plains Art Museum, Morehead, Minnesota

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library Collection

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

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