Brother Thomas (American (born Canada), Halifax, Nova Scotia 1929–2007 Erie, Pennsylvania)
Porcelain with black glaze
11 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (29.2 x 32.4 x 7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Pucker, in honor of Charles de Gunzburg and Wendy Goldberg, 1992
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
A Benedictine monk, Brother Thomas was deeply influenced by Chinese and Japanese ceramics and Buddhist religious traditions. The black glaze on this vase, which he invented, shows the importance of Chinese black and brown wares in his work.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Pucker, Boston (by 1991–92; their gift to MMA)
Thomas Bezanson. The Porcelain of Brother Thomas: The Path to the Beautiful. Boston, 1987, fig. 45 (color), calls it "Vase, Free Form".