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Bronze abstract sculptural vessel in exhibition space, on cover of 'William Underhill', by Arnoldsche Art Publishers.

William Underhill

Casting a Legacy

Edited by Wayne Higby


  • Monograph on William Underhill, one of the great talents of the modern American studio craft movement
  • Discover the sculptural vessels of the acclaimed master of lost-wax casting
Full Description

William Underhill (1933–2022) was one of the great talents and enigmas of the modern American studio craft movement. He became an acclaimed master of lost-wax casting, pursuing the sculptural potential of bronze vessels with unrivalled persistence and virtuosity. He “molded and scratched the wax until the final bronze surface embodied all of the mystical connotations of a ritualistic object,” said Lee Nordness in his ground-breaking Objects USA (1969) survey of modern studio crafts. But Underhill then left the limelight and went on to ceaselessly explore both the power of beauty and form-making as a way to shape the spirit.

About the Author

William Underhill studied with the legendary ceramic artist Peter Voulkos and worked with the celebrated architect Buckminster Fuller at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Architecture. From 1969 until 1997 he taught at Alfred University, New York.

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6th Nov 2023
USA & Canada
9.45 in x 11.81 in
160 Pages
178 color
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