The Potter

/ Art Escapes

Allan Houser, American, Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994, The
Potter, 1982, bronze; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the
Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by Mrs.
Vicki S. Daniels in memory of George V. Daniels, Jr., AFI.95.2018

Need an art escape? We’ve asked members of the BMA staff to share works from our collection that they look to for inspiration. Dr. Emily Hanna, Senior Curator and Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, selected this sculpture.

“This beautiful sculpture by Allan Houser reminds me of so many things that I love. Every August when I visit Santa Fe for the Indian Market, I meet with Native American artists who trace their ancestry to women potters who lived many generations ago. These artists today are flourishing, and they have kept an art form alive, and expanded it beyond all imagining. It reminds me of the African women who made pottery in the villages where I lived during my graduate fieldwork. I feel joy and profound appreciation when this sculpture reminds me of these women and their work.”