12" h. x 5 1/4" dia.
The aesthetic sophistication of Ian McDonalds ceramic works speak to his conviction that pottery serves both non-functional and utilitarian purposes. Or, as McDonald has described his practice: "sculptural arrangements are born, in that the difference between the support (pedestal, furniture) and the object (sculpture, accessory) is so small that I just collapse it all together. I dont really start out thinking functional or non-functional, its all happening at once." McDonalds visual inspiration, which ranges from Amish quilts and Arte Povera to the work of other ceramicists and the California Bauhaus, are sources that can be discerned in the bold and simplified geometric works on display. The forms found in Tall Shade Vessel, Four Level, Banded Vessel, in addition to the mounted Corner Piece, are carefully constructed objects that demonstrate McDonalds great attention to design. Signed and dated on rim of circular base.
b. United States, 1975
Gift of Ian McDonald
MCDONALD, Ian and b. United States, 1975, “MCDONALD, Ian,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed March 25, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/7638.