Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ceramic works

I made these pieces at Alfred University during fall 2007 and spring 2008. The top image is made up of several thrown cylinders that were attached when the clay was very wet and began to slump. The piece was fired raw in the wood kiln.
This series was made by dipping dust masks found throughout the Alfred Ceramics college facilities in red casting slip. The fiber of the masks burnt away in the gas firing leaving light, brittle, shells of clay and only the metal nose piece remained embedded in the pieces. Then each mask was assembled in the installation in a grid and filled with damp cigarette butts found on the ground outside the ceramics studio.
This series was made by pressing small wads of terracotta into a wooden frame the size of a kiln brick. The barnacles attached to the bricks were thrown on the wheel and then pinched to create contours. The barnacles were colored with white terra sigillata and the brick surface was brushed with black iron oxide and soda fired. Then the pieces were arranged in a line and stacked . The installation was my visual reponse and interperation of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall."

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