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The Haas Brothers
founded 2010
Nikolai Haas
American, b. 1984
Simon Haas
American, b. 1984
Big Baby Accretion with Navajo Striations, 2016
Porcelain with glaze
Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2016.65

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The Haas Brothers Nikolai Haas Simon Haas

Big Baby Accretion with Navajo Striations

The Haas Brothers
founded 2010
Nikolai Haas
American, b. 1984
Simon Haas
American, b. 1984
Big Baby Accretion with Navajo Striations, 2016
Porcelain with glaze
Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2016.65

Inspired by the biological building mechanisms found in coral and tree fungus, twins Nikolai and Simon Haas created this vessel as part of a series that investigates the mimicry of natural layering processes. It was formed from a hand-thrown porcelain body, onto which layers of wet slip were methodically and repeatedly applied to generate the numerous petal formations. The interlocking network of color and texture is reminiscent of organic structures, blurring the line between nature and manmade. The Haas brothers describe the resulting texture as “a record of time and growth” that “breathes life into the vessel’s form.”


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