An Art of Our Own: Women Ceramicists from the Permanent Collection

Lidya Buzio: Roofscape Vase

Lidya Buzio (American, born Uruguay, 1948). "Roofscape" Vase, 1987. Glazed earthenware. Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mrs. Carl L. Selden and the Caroline A. L. Pratt Fund, 1990.44

For Lidya Buzio the forms of traditional vessels are the starting point for an untraditional treatment that employs contemporary aesthetics and techniques. After the basic shape is selected, the artist draws urban scenes, frequently based on New York cityscapes, on the fired clay form. Each vessel is a work in progress as the artist reevaluates the results and develops the piece by adding color and detail with pigmented slips. She burnishes the surface carefully before firing and then waxes it lightly.