Professor of Art
This lidded vase, entitled "NIGHT GARDEN" is an example of my current work in majolica. The 34" vase is wheel thrown in sections using a terra cotta clay body, and assembled. Handles are pulled and attached after the form is assembled. After a bisque fire and glazing with an unleaded, white base glaze, the vase is handpainted with a variety of metallic oxide washes and commercial stains. Firing is at cone 05 in an electric kiln.
|I have been working in clay for over thirty years and find it an ever challenging medium of expression. I like to make pots people can use, enjoy, and treasure. I want the user to connect with a pot through touch, through use. Clay is very tactile, and this is one of the first things that draws the student to it. Touch the earth; not a bad idea. Isn't it interesting that here, in the United States, with all of our technology, our virtual realities, our omnipresent computers, that we find so many potters working with their hands? The industrial revolution did not put potters out of business. The information revolution will not put potters out of business either. Why not? I think that we humans have a powerful need to connect with the earth, to form it with our hands, to coax beauty from the unformed raw clay. This kind of work is very satisfying, especially when so many people do not get the pleasure of creating with their hands. The work of so many people today involves doing only part of a process. Most working people today have become disjointed links in a broken chain,where they never experience the joy of seeing it all come together into a unified whole. In pottery making we get to experience the taking of an idea from concept to completion. So, while it would seem that mass production would have made hand-made pottery making extinct, this has not happened. There are more potters working today than at any time in history! In a way, mass production has made the unique, hand made object even more valuable, more desirable. I have no fears for the survival of pottery making in the computer age, it's just too irresistible.|
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