Canyonlands Vessel #1
Medium/Materials: Silver, enamel
Dimensions: 7" x 6” x 6”
Much of my work continues to focus on the landscape on which we stand, pointing to a place where we, as humans, are an integral part, not objective observers. The horizon, both as natural phenomenon and as metaphor interests me and has revealed itself in my work. From the cell structure of plants and animals to the multiplicity of stars in the night sky to the days in our lives, repetition supplies structure to chaos. I am especially interested in drawing attention to small intimate elements of Nature that can cause unexpected moments of euphoria and that trigger a feeling of belonging.
Harlan W. Butt is an artist working in metal and enamel who specializes in vessel making, many of which employ cloisonné patterns inspired by the natural environment. Harlan is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He is past President of the Enamelist Society, past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Harlan has been the artist-in-residence at both Denali National Park in Alaska and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, the Mint Museum of Art & Craft in Charlotte, NC, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, the Wichita Center for the Arts in Kansas, the National Gallery of Australia, the Cloisonné Enamelware Fureai Museum in Ama City, Japan, the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.