Extinction Vessel #9: Genocide

Harlan W. Butt


Denton, TX, United States

7.5 x 8 x 8 inches

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I am an artist who has been working in metal and enamel and writing haiku poetry for over forty years. I have created vessels, which reflect themes, colors, textures and the beauty, severity, and mystery of the natural world. My ‘National Parks Series’ depicts my experience in wilderness areas. The Earth, its plants and animals, geography and landscape, inspire me to create, to try to convey some of the emotional response to being present in the natural world. My ‘Extinction Vessels’ comment on the vanishing wildlife from the planet caused by humans. My ‘Environment Vessels’ refer to how we interact with the planet. I am also interested in the stories we have told ourselves throughout history, in an attempt to give meaning to our journey.

As they slip away,
The web is unraveling,
Thread by knot by thread.

Harlan W. Butt holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas where he taught from 1976 to 2017. He is past President of the Enamelist Society, past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Fellow of the American Crafts Council.

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