Art Pottery Basket by Famed Ceramic Artist David MacDonald
Art Pottery Basket by Famed Ceramic Artist David MacDonald on chest
Art Pottery Basket by Famed Ceramic Artist David MacDonald inside view
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Art Pottery Basket by Famed Ceramic Artist David MacDonald signed bottom view
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Art Pottery Basket by Famed Ceramic Artist David MacDonald

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This art pottery vessel by celebrated American ceramic artist David MacDonald is monumental in size, elegant in form and beautifully glazed. The double handles that are expertly pulled, not applied separately, have lightly serrated edges. They cross and arch over a low open bowl with a rim that undulates in four large scallops. The handles, the interior of the bowl and the upper two thirds of the exterior are a warm chocolate brown, mottled with black and having a somewhat metallic finish, very definitely glossy. The bottom third is combed with deep ridges that are rough and unglazed, revealing the reddish color and grainy texture of the stoneware clay. Between the ridges is the shiny brown glaze, nicked here and there by the combing tool.

Born in 1945 in Hackensack, New Jersey, David R. MacDonald graduated from Virginia's Hampton University, where his mentor was noted African American ceramic artist Joseph W. Gilliard. MacDonald received his Master of Fine Arts degree and joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at Syracuse University. In a 2008 interview, MacDonald said "Over the years I developed a decoration system that reflected a lot of patterning and surface textures that I saw on African vessels." This handsome piece bears that African influence that reflects David MacDonald's heritage, which he explored in the 1970's and 1980's. Fortunately for all of us who love pottery, teaching at Syracuse University for 40 years gave MacDonald the financial freedom to be a studio potter, rather than turning to production work to earn his living. While his work has been described as 'utilitarian,' we feel this basket should be admired for its artistry and not forced to bear fruit. It's a work of art by a true master potter. 

The measurements of this basket are impressive: 17 inches wide at its widest point, 13 inches tall to the top of the handles, with the bowl part about 5 inches deep. It's very heavy, weighing 12 pounds. It is in excellent condition, having obviously been cherished by its former owners. David MacDonald signed it on the bottom, incising his script into the clay "macdonald 80."

"For more than four decades, David MacDonald has masterfully created richly patterned utilitarian objects from clay that have come to symbolize tremendous integrity and endurance. Despite the national recognition MacDonald has earned for his superb work, he remains committed to, and most content when he is producing, functional works of art in beautiful forms that will be touched, held, and most importantly used by people who will admire and appreciate their inherent beauty."...Everson Museum of Art, 2011 {Everson Museum is in Syracuse, focusing on American art. The museum has a large storage jar by David MacDonald in their permanent ceramics collection.}

>>>Want to know more about David MacDonald and his pottery? The link below takes you to a Ceramics Monthly Magazine article about him:

https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ceramics-monthly/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/david-macdonald-influence-commitment-integrity/#

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