• Flow Bowl, 2008
    James Lovera (American, 1920–2015)

James Lovera’s special affinity for the bowl has resulted in a refined and elegant hemisphere. By concentrating on perfecting form, he has been able to unleash upon the “canvas” of his chargers and bowls interpretations of the textures and hues that surround him in nature. His vessels exemplify midcentury Modernist concerns for the clarity of form and function, but Lovera has also studied Song Dynasty (960–1279 CE) ceramics, which are among the highest achievements in Chinese porcelain. Lovera was moved by the period's regard for simplicity and distillation of essential form. He has also pushed the chemistry of his glazes to fit to porcelain like a skin, and tapping one of the bowls' rim produces the sonorous ring that attests to that marriage. All of this is apparent in the Crocker’s Sunburst Charger and Flow Bowl, each glazed with the artist’s distinctive flow glazes. These glossy and glassy surfaces unite dramatic color with form and evoke the forces of nature.

Back to Collection
Next Previous

Rent the Crocker

Whether hosting your wedding or a corporate reception, the Crocker Art Museum is the perfect canvas for your special event. Our unique setting and exceptional service guarantees an unparalleled experience. Please contact the Events Department for more information.

Learn more

Global Rhythms: Marta Pereira da Costa

The Crocker’s Global Rhythms music series returns with infectious beats and soulful melodies performed by acclaimed musicians from around the world.

Get your tickets

Silent Film Series: The Kid

The premier feature film of Charlie Chaplin features the actor in his iconic role of The Tramp, who adopts an orphaned infant.

Get your tickets