Process

My sculptures and installations involve the repetition of individual ceramic components. Some works are quite large and are composed of hundreds of small, handbuilt porcelain elements, while others hang on the wall and are more contained. The ceramic fruits (i.e. pears or persimmons) used in my sculpture are thrown and altered; I find that throwing lends each form a more distinct individualistic quality as opposed to those that are slipcast. All porcelain pieces are fired in a reduction atmosphere to 2345 degrees Fahrenheit in a local kiln that I load and fire with a group of Northfield potters. When appropriate, I complete the firing cycle by applying gold luster to accentuate various aspects of the work.

 

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Wall of flowers (detail)   2015
Porcelain, wood, paint; 22” x 45” x 2.5”
Photo credit: Peter Lee