Field and Forest
Inspired by what I see in nature around me, I create ceramics in traditional and distorted forms which I use as a canvas for abstract surface design. In 2019, while visiting Australia, I was struck by the intriguing patterns of the trunks of ghost gum trees -- images which haunted me long after my forest walks were over. At an open ceramics studio in Sydney, I created tall vases with dark, highly-textured surfaces that progressively revealed their porcelain-like upper curved surfaces. Back in Ottawa the following year, measures to deal with the first waves of the pandemic meant I couldn't work at our co-op studio. Instead I started impressing clay slabs against trees in a nearby park, later bisquing the slabs and using them as moulds. Though I found the resulting textured surfaces intriguing, I yearned to impose once again my design on the clay rather than having the design determined by the bark of the tree. After conditions permitted, I went back to creating tall cylindrical vases that in their shape and slight distortions recall the growing trunks of trees. Some asked to be grouped, others stood alone. Later I added other forms, including round or shouldered vessels, to the collection. I decorate them with my own abstract designs that speak of the shaded darkness of the forest or of colourful new spring growth. With all of them, I paint not with brushes but slip trailers, directing quick, sweeping trails of slip and glaze onto the rounded surfaces where they can flow and spread as if they were alive.
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03A – Fallen leaves – rounded vessel
Dark glaze droplets recall dense beds of leaves on the forest floor below | White Stoneware fired to cone 6 in oxidation | Wheel thrown | Height: 12 cm. Width: 12 cm | 1542 g03A – Fallen leaves – rounded vessel
Description : Dark glaze droplets recall dense beds of leaves on the forest floor below
Price : $60
03B – Fallen leaves – rounded vessel
Side 203B – Fallen leaves – rounded vessel
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