Michael Sherrill is primarily a self-taught artist based in western North Carolina. His proximity to the North Carolina folk pottery tradition resulted in an early career as a maker of functional clay vessels, but a desire to grow and explore innovative ceramics led him to experiment with unusual forms and multimedia sculptures. Taking inspiration from the natural world, Sherrill now uses glass and metal to support the attenuated forms of his wholly sculptural clay objects. The “berries” found on this sinuous branch are in fact a fictitious fruit—there is no bumbleberry, although a mixed-berry pie often featuring blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, and rhubarb was called “Bumbleberry Pie,” a common sight on pioneer tables.
Place object was created: Hendersonville, NC
porcelain, glaze, steel (alloy)
Measurements: length: 60 inches width: 12 inchesMuseum Purchase: Funds provided by Susan and Loy McKeithen 1999.124 © Bumbleberry 1999 Michael Sherrill
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