Process, form and surface continue to be integral elements in my work. After 40 years of exploring the ceramic material I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to explore the effects of wood-firing clay. To see the effects of the flame pattern, ash and wood on the ceramic form continues to amaze and excite me. To explore painting with the fire is humbling. Humility, awe, and pride are felt as I explore what so many before me have."
Triton Museum, Santa Clara
July 30 to September 11, 2011
RECEPTION Friday, July 29, 7:00-9:00pm
left, Diane Levinson
Wood-fire ceramic art, borne of processes centuries old, also contains aesthetics of modern art in the surface quality of the natural wood ash glaze. Even though the process of wood-fire glazing may seem like magic to the layman, it remains pure on account of the process and ingredients – clay pots and burning wood. We find beauty in the unending variety of the surface quality on wood-fire ceramics. The potter, master of control, must release the work to the fire, to chance. This sacrifice takes a great toll on the artistic ego; no one knows exactly what will happen inside the river of fire.
Artists featured in this exhibition are Sam Hoffman, Terry Inokuma, Jenny Klein, Marc Lancet, Diane Levinson, Hiroshi Ogawa, Masuo Ojima, Andy Ruble, Tim Steele.