Geert Lap (Dutch, born 1951)
Stoneware; 13 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (34.6 x 21.9 cm)
Gift of Barbara S. Rosenthal and Kenneth W. Juster, in memory of The Honorable Harry L. Rosenthal and Leila E. Rosenthal, 2001 (2001.724.1)
© Geert Lap, Courtesy Garth Clark Gallery/New York
Around 1968, Geert Lap, an out-of-work Dutchman, turned to art and bought a kiln intending to produce jewelry for sale. However, on a homemade potter's wheel in his basement apartment, he began to throw small porcelain vases. His earliest workspure cylindrical forms usually associated with functionality but devoid of spouts, handles, and surface decorationpresage his future ceramic output, although now he has exchanged porcelain for stoneware, a material which he feels is sturdier and allows for sharper forms. Lap works in traditional methods making vases, bowls, and dishes, although he is not concerned with their usability. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and made by his own hand. Color and form are integral. But, as Garth Clark notes, "The confusing thing is that Lap's work, because of its extreme perfection, gives the impression of having been produced industrially."