Discover texture and color with King Houndekpinkou

 Artwork Exploration
Tall cylindrical, textured vase with bulbous top.

Let's look at the stoneware vessel art, The Black Widow, by King Houndekpinkou, who lives and works in Paris, France. King's practice blends both African and Japanese traditions. He is influenced by plant and animal attributes whose spikes and thorns give them divine protection/ sacred status.


  • What colors are used in the work?
  • Look at the artist’s use of texture.
  • Do you see the spikes coming from the art?
  • Which areas appear smooth?
  • Which areas appear rough?


  • This artwork includes varied textures and multiple layers of glazes.
  • Why does this piece have "sacred status?"


  • What does the shape of this piece convey?
  • How did the artist achieve the varied textures?
  • What would you title this work and why?


  • Create your own artwork! 
  • Make your own clay vessel using air-drying clay; wooden objects and tools for adding patterns.
  • Add objects (shells, buttons, plant materials, feathers.)
  • Select a title for your art.


Image Credits

King Houndekpinkou
b. 1987 Montreuil, France; lives and works in Paris, France
The Black Widow, 2016
Black stoneware from Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain), white stoneware from Puisaye (Burgundy, France). Multiple layers of glazes (black and red) and golden luster.
23 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches
Accession date: 2017
Acquired with the generous assistance of a gift from Dorothy A. Sturman in memory of George L. Sturman by exchange