Gift of Barbara S. Rosenthal and Kenneth W. Juster, in memory of The Honorable Harry L. Rosenthal and Leila E. Rosenthal, 2001
Not on view
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 works-pure cylindrical forms usually associated with functionality but devoid of spouts, handles, and surface decoration-presage 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."
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed and dated (bottom): Lap 1993
Barbara S. Rosenthal and Kenneth W. Juster, New York (until 2001; their gift to MMA)
New York. American Craft Museum. "Facets of the Same Nature: A Survey of Contemporary Dutch Ceramists," July 13–October 1, 1995, no. 2.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Clay into Art: Selections from the Collection of Contemporary Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 24, 1998–May 30, 1999, unnumbered cat. (pl. 25; as Promised Gift of Barbara S. Rosenthal and Kenneth W. Juster).
Jane Adlin. Contemporary Ceramics: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 9, 47, colorpl. 25 (back).