Broken Jars; Järmut, Mai; 1990; PC015

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Broken Jars

About this object

hand, broken jar 1, broken jar 2
(broken old jar with contents spilling out)


Järmut, Mai

Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials

stoneware, glaze

Inscription and Marks

Jars marked with a tag taped to the base, hand marked with an 'MJ' mark.


ac 4 x 3 x 7 inches

bc 8.5 x 6 x 6.5 inches

cc 7 x 9 x 4.5 inches

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Subject and Association Description

In Järmut’s work there was very much a Pop Art-influenced approach to ceramics. Pop easily translates into humor, which is a conspicuous element in Estonian ceramics at large. Despite this, Järmut’s fragmented, traumatized vessels and figurative elements are decidedly sobering if not exceptionally grim: the paradox is quite fascinating. In a survey of Estonian ceramics, neither this kind of dark edge nor a strong focus on the figure are particularly common, making Järmut’s work seem all the more enigmatic.


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Credit Line

The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia

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