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Alice B. Munn (American, 1945 - present)

Bud XXIII transforms a tulip bud into a graceful, sculptural vessel, with ruffle-edged petals curving inward as if protecting the space they conceal. Its balanced form, sinuous lines, and color palette of pale pink achieve the sense of tranquility that Alice Ballard Munn aims for viewers to experience. To create her nature-inspired ceramics, she first spends hours contemplating a plant form in order to sense its energy; next, she draws the form and finally sculpts it by hand building with terra sigillata clay. This process and her resulting sculptures reflect the artist’s belief in the interconnectedness of living things; she has said, “Tulip bulbs and the human form share many of the same sensual qualities.” (Allure of Flowers)

Place object was created: United States

earthenware, terra sigillata

Measurements:    height: 15.75 inches    width: 9.625 inches    depth: 9.625 inches

Museum Purchase 1984.11.3

Not currently on view