Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, carnelian
Dimensions: 4" x 6" x 6"
Traditions and conventions reveal symbolic forms and metaphors in our daily lives. A functional object such as a teacup becomes emblematic of cultural traditions and values. The visual statement becomes its function as it emphasizes the symbolic importance of its form. This common evolution of function can focus our attention on the magnitude of the common place.
Nancy Slagle was raised in Iowa and in 1980 she received a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa studying jewelry design and metals. Ms. Slagle earned her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design in 1987 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1988 she received a National Endowment For The Arts grant and the Art Institute of Chicago purchased her "Single Serving Tea Pot" for their permanent collection. In 2003 a tea server was purchased by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery for their collection and in 2006 her work was included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She exhibits nationally and her work has been included in publications including 500 Metal Vessels: Contemporary Explorations of Containment, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, American Craft magazine and The New York Times. She teaches art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and has exhibited nationally since 1984.