Zig-Zag Platter with Birds
Earthenware; ht. 3.25, wd. 24, dp. 19 in.
Artist incised Bacerra signature and date on base.
A star of post-WWII studio ceramics, Bacerra’s dazzlingly work is prized both polychromatically and technically. His difficult, multi-firing method ensured that only works which emerged in immaculate condition could be shown. Representing the pinnacle of a certain approach to ceramics, Bacerra's work was about his love of process. Yes, America has produced many masters of decoration in the past half century but it is no insult to any of them to say that Bacerra’s vast multi-faceted oeuvre stands in a class alone. This "Zig-Zag" Platter from 1983 is a rare body of work. The form was difficult and not repeated within his career. The surface is rich and colorful, everything that pleased this artist who passed away at the age of 70. Bacerra is currently the subject of a one-person exhibition at the art school he taught at for years, Otis Institute in Los Angeles at the Ben Maltz Gallery, September through December of this year and titled "Exquisite Beauty", curated by Jo Lauria.
Glaze chip to lip.