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walt whitman ceramic tv sculpture

by Vicki Hartman
Handmade
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I Want My WTV

Can what you watch shape your outlook?

Artist Vicki Hartman poses this provocative question on a miniature screen with her freethinking and metaphoric exploration of consumerism and the media. An artful, ceramic sculpture ignites the conversation through Walt Whitman's immortalized poetry: "Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem."

Prop or hang as a reminder to lead a thoughtful and examined life. Handmade in New York.

Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20359
Made from
clay, metal
Measurements
Approx. 3" H x 4" W x 1.25" D; Antenna: approx. 1.5" L
Notes
Comes ready-to-hang (slot for nail on back), also stands on its own on desktop - although slightly rounded on bottom.
Signed by the artist.
  • the maker

Vicki Hartman

"I see the television as an opportunity to make a subtle, subversive comment on our passive, consumer culture," says artist Vicki Hartman. "Television screens are an opportunity to make a positive comment through media. For example: what could our TVs tell us that would be helpful and reaffirming?"

Hartman creates each piece with the magic of the mundane in mind. "Ordinary environments are my source of inspiration. How people create homes has captured me since I was a child," she says. "What we choose to save and what we choose to get rid of, what creates comfort and safety, what is sentimental, and what is a symbol of success. I make handmade objects because they create warmth in a home, and often remind us that imperfection is beautiful and authentic."

Hartman currently works as a full time studio potter from her home in Rochester, New York, where she lives with her husband and two children. She explores the themes of family and community life in her work and is constantly making new discoveries through the process of making with clay.

She received her BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz and also studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Moravian Pottery and Tileworks, and Penland School of Crafts. She ran a custom ceramic tile and mosaic business in the Hudson Valley between 2000 and 2004.

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WALT WHITMAN CERAMIC TV SCULPTURE
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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4.0

A bit wobbly...

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      Comments about WALT WHITMAN CERAMIC TV SCULPTURE:

      Item was a gift for our boys' teacher. It is very unique and of good quality. The quote really makes you think. Only thing we didn't like was that it was wobbly when placed on a flat surface. It looks like it could tip over easily. We are going to try to put some felt pads on the bottom to make more stable.

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      4.0

      very cute

      By 

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Midrange Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Office

        Comments about WALT WHITMAN CERAMIC TV SCULPTURE:

        I got this for my desk at work. I am in sales and it is a great conversation piece. Small but meaningful.

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        5.0

        A great unique gift

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        from NJ

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              Comments about WALT WHITMAN CERAMIC TV SCULPTURE:

              I was suprised by the three demensional quality which makes it so much better.

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              4.0

              Postitive Programming

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              from Fort Worth, Texas

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              Pros

              • Artistic
              • Thoughtful
              • Unique

              Cons

              • small

              Best Uses

              • Gifts
              • Inspirartion
              • Office

              Comments about WALT WHITMAN CERAMIC TV SCULPTURE:

              I love this product! It is a great way to highlight an inspiring quote. Perfect for a gift or for your wall at home.

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              Q and A

              When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

              1468votes, 154 comments

              Ja' von
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Cool idea. very cute!

              jen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Seems really small

              Donna
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Very unique.

              Nicole
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Just barely a "thumbs up"

              Tiffany J
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Love this!!!!

              Cindy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I just don't get why it is on a TV

              Anne
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              cool.

              Heather S
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Unique and decent price

              Lisalee
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I agree with Heather S all the way. For the right person this would be a hit as a gift.

              Jessica
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              wouldn't have anyone to give this too. any whitman fans wouldn't choose this quote

              Katrina
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Wish I knew how big it would be...is it a paperweight or a piece of art to be displayed?

              Jen
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Like the quote...dont like the tv

              ellen
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I'd really like to kn ow the size to truly give this a thumbs up, but I love the concept and it's a great gift for the right person.

              Bryce
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Great price and perfect for the poet in the family. I'd love to get it for my brother!

              ASHLEY
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              In love with this. Want one for each of my kids' rooms.

              stacie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              not especially attractive or interesting.

              Shelley
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not sure the quote is powerful enough. Not sure the connection to the telly is strong enough, either. It's original and cute, but I don't think it's a "wow."

              kelly
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              What?

              kathryn
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Love the idea. Perhaps someone else's quote on the tv would strike more people as more ironic. WW's quote may work better on a sculpture of a book perhaps.

              MELISSA
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              the quote is definitely a thumbs up but the item itself could go either way for me depending on size. i gave benefit of the doubt since wasn't specified.

              jodi
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              cute idea but it does look really small

              vanessa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              not sure what the concept is here

              Sarah
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              What an excellent reminder that independent thinking is more important than what's popular.

              Rachel

              Love the quote but I dont get why its on a tv.

              Bonnie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Too deep!

              Cristine
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Adorable, but should show the size.

              lisa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Wonderful quote - but why on a TV? Seems strange.

              Mitzi
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Cute, nice idea. Would buy for friends

              Tina Marie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              very cute, great gift for your "wordy" friends !!

              Darcy

              It's cute...what is the size?

              Jessica
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I don't get merging Walt Whitman and tv. And the typography is ugly.

              Cathy
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              would love this to be wearable

              Jeanne
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              need dimensions

              Kathleen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not interesting at all, and what does the tv have to do with it?

              Brandi
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Having Whitman's words pasted on a TV screen just seems cheesy.

              anna
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              its different. Not sure you would sell many of these

              Melodi
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I dont care for wordy stuff like this.

              erin
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I would buy this today if I could. Awesome.

              Jennifer
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Love it! Very different and thought provoking.

              Karen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Why on a TV? Could be better presentation.

              Fran
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Just another dust collector.

              Valerie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              The poem is great! The TV shape is OK... Tho' I'm not so crazy about the TV.

              Margaret
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              ugly

              Bethany
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I teach middle school language arts.. I would love to put this on my desk!

              judy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              After reading it once, it just becomes something to dust around.

              Keisha
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I love everything about it and would buy it today!

              madeline
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              not my style

              Judith
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Very strange! I'd never but it!

              Vanessa
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Looks like something that I would find when looking on your website or in the catalog.

              Casey
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              unique

              Jody
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Need size/dimension information to make a good decision. At $38, this seems like it would be a very small item and without dimensions, someone would be disappointed if they thought it was larger or would not buy it if they thought it was smaller.

              Mariah
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Okay, but . . .

              Susannah

              Yes, anything you watch can shape your outlook! Especially if you do not think an analyze what you watch, it will change how you think and look at life. A very sober reminder not simple to take things in, but to evaluate everything we see or hear. I do not like the TV look, however; it is rather ugly.

              Janet
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Just a dust collector - In places where houses are not large it really is a huge decision to buy stuff like this.

              Andrea
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I really love this item! I love the quote chosen for the sculpture and it is a decent price, I wish you would tell us how big it is though.

              Sparkles
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Measurements should be provided.

              kathleen
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              very cool, but what's the size ?

              Elisa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              i like the idea of this, but i have no one i'd buy it for; also, i don't get why it's on a tv - ironic commentary on our culture? there are better whitman quotes.

              Amy
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I love it! And the price is right.

              Michelle
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Great for graduation>

              carole
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              we need to celebrate Americana and Walt Whitman is the essence of it!

              Daniel
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Why a TV? If you sell this, write a new product story.

              Irene

              The TV idea doesn't appeal to me. I wouldn't buy it.

              artylady
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              i want to give this a thumbs up because i love walt whitman but it is not really something i would want in my house.

              AMY
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Pointless

              Karen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Walt Whitman on a TV? Don't see the connection.

              Amanda
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I love the quote but don't like the tv.

              Jamie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              nothing special

              mary

              Not sure of the quote in a TV

              Louise
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not particularly interesting or appropriate as a gift to anyone I can think of.

              Laura
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              cost too much

              Debbie

              how big is it? Not enough info. to vote.

              Diane
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Ugly

              Kelleigh
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I think someone would like this just not for me.

              Linda
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              The iidea is great, but I'd like to see a selection of quotes. It would sell more if there were quotes for different situations.

              christina
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Piece of useless junk.

              Kathleen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              This does nothing for me eventhough the price is attractive.

              Julia
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I don't get it at all!!

              Stephanie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              It may be super-picky, but I don't like the brown finish...looks dingy.

              Eileen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I don't think this would be a good seller. It demands "just the right" person. Too many people would never understand the quote.

              carla
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              this piece is beautiful!

              Sara
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Pretentious

              Lisa
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              The type of thing I expect to see on uncommondgoods.

              Renee
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Just doesn't do anything for me.

              Wendy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Well, it's a profound quote...but to put it on a drab little tchotchke?

              Peggy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              would have been better with a better Whitman quote, This one is one of his weakest

              Margie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              what do you do with it?

              Linda
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Just don't get it, sorry

              joy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              funny

              S
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              It's about independent thinking - not taking things you're spoon fed at face value. So I think the TV is pretty appropos. I'd buy it.

              Sharon
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              It's rather ugly...

              kimberly
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              very unique and cool. Good grad gift.

              Kari
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              love love love!

              Veronica
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I'd like it better as jewelry . . .

              Beverlee
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Amen to those words

              Jennifer
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I love the quote, but this seems like a useless knick-knack...clutter. I think those who appreciate the quote would not appreciate the clutter. JMO

              Amy
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Very cool! I would buy this!

              Lisa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I don't get it. I like the style but why is a ww quote on the tele?

              Heather
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I really like it. I think it is unique and a conversation starter at the least. I do wonder how big it is though.

              Roberta [Bobby]
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              don't particularly care for message - would like options

              Mariesa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Why is this on a TV, it's just strange.

              Kathy
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              i would never spend money on this.

              Katie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              How big is it? Can it stand on it's own? good concept.

              kate
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              i don't get the purpose of it.

              Sean

              How big is it?

              SJM
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I don't know why this is on a TV...the quote has no connection to the TV. A TV sculpture should have a quote about image or something from Andy Warhol about pop culture/15 min of fame...With a different quote it could be a cute gift.

              Marilyn
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not cute enough for me to buy.

              Lisa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              not crazy about it...looks like it's made from resin

              SUZETTE
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              would never buy it..

              Julie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not really my thing, I get annoyed with tchotkes and I don't get the idea of it being on a tv. Walt Whitman would have hated telivison.

              Laila
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              great message and very different

              Jack Andrew
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              not a huge fan on specific

              Julie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              poetry on a tv?

              Maureen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              The quote is great, but incongruous with a TV . . .

              Deborah
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Love the quote and the idea, but not sure that I would want this as a piece of art in my home.

              Anne
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Like the quote, but it is not very pretty... clay and metal???

              Sherry
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Why this quote on a tiny tv? I don't get it.

              Joyce
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I just don't get it....

              Anne
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Very cool!

              Julie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Not into knick knacks

              leslie
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I like the quote but I don't understand the tv.

              Laurie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I like that Whitman is here, but I also agree with Jessica. There are better Whitman passages.

              Katharine
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Whitman said a great many things far more profound and worth remembering than this. And why the sorry looking old TV shape for a frame?!

              Cindy
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Very cool! Love it!

              Marilyn

              Thumbs up

              Kate
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              I love the sentiment, and Walt Whitman. I just don't care for the overall sculpture.

              Veronica
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              i don't get the connection between the quote and the tv

              Caren
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              very unique and different. I like it!

              Heather
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Awesome. I wish this was a magnet as well.

              Andrea Gray
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Thoughful and thought provoking.

              Jan
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Thought-provoking, this would be an excellent gift for a graduate, for someone changing jobs, etc.

              Sonya
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Cute tv, but not sure about the saying. Maybe something else should go there instead.

              Jen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Whitman on tv? Boo!!

              Jackie
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              It would be a nice gift. It seems to be priced right

              bridget
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              weird and fun

              melissa
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              How big is it?

              Delyn
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Different but why is it on a TV?

              Lisa
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Excellent!!!

              Ellen
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              great gift idea

              Marla
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Just not my thing

              Lars
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Never seen anything like it before.

              Wendy
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I like the retro TV look and what could be a better symbol of today's source of most information? TV has likely replaced the school or church as our number one source in most households.

              Jenny
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              I gave it a thumbs up, but it's borderline. There are no dimensions listed, and if the items is too small, the quote will be lost. It would be amusing to have this in my home for when people ask where the tv is.

              Angie

              Nice quote, so-so presentation.

              Vay
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Sorry but this just seems like clutter

              Whitney
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              unique.

              Sharon
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Useless!!!

              KAREN
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Why don't you ever tell us how big stuff is???

              Chris
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Love this but the price is a little steep.

              Carolina
              Vote: Thumbs up!

              Cheaper, msybe?

              Julia

              Thanks for all the great questions and feedback. We just added the size info ya'll asked for. Let us know what you think!- Julia, UncommonGoods Community Organizer

              Ellen

              I love it...unfortunately the quote is too true. unique idea

              Debora
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              Great thought, but very small for the price and not sure of significance of tv

              Eileen
              Vote: Thumbs down!

              boring....

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