Ceramics Art & Perception

Articles from No. 76, June-September

Albert Pfarr's: Large-Scale Sculptures
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RECOMBINATIONS, AN EXHIBITION COMPRISED of eight sculptures by American ceramist Albert Pfarr, was held during the autumn of 2008 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri. Towering as tall as 14 feet, or...
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At the Daum Museum: Walter McConnell
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WALTER MCCONNELL'S SIGNATURE UNFIRED-CLAY sculptures--enclosed in drum-tight plastic sheeting, glowing like ghostly lanterns and circumscribed by ideas of the natural cycle of life, preservation and...
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Canada's Walter Dexter: An Introduction
WHILE HE IS ONE OF CANADA'S MOST ACCOMPLISHED potters and ceramic sculptors, Walter Dexter is less well known among ceramists, artists and the public outside of this country. This essay is an ambassadorial introduction to his life and art; it is divided...
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Chuck Aydlett: The Social, the Surreal, the Environment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A LONG THE MIDWEST BANKS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER there lies a small town unique in its eclectic collection of eccentric people. In this town we find its holdings to be everything from the artisans of thought that pursue the...
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Conjecture of Space: (Capable of Being Shaped or Moulded on Applicaton of External Forces): Folding Ceramic by Marga Knaven
IF YOU DON'T LOOK CAREFULLY YOU WON'T SEE WHAT IT is about. In short, this is what you can say about the work of Marga Knaven. You have to be very attentive to capture the meaning of her work. Since it is about the space, you can't see it. Having said...
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Critical Care Required?
The reader who does not intend to read this might glance at the last paragraph and ponder on the fate of Ozymandias, king of kings. GLENN R. BROWN'S POLEMIC ON CONTEMPORARY ceramics and critical theory (CAP 75: 107-110) leaves me confused. First...
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Danish Ceramics
FROM A DISTANCE, BODIL MANZ'S PORCELAIN OVAL, Stepped Wall, Black and Blue, looks clear and crisp, its minimalist palette confined to horizontal strips of black, blue and white. Up close, though, the colors of the piece are off-white, not quite dead...
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Dirk Staschke: Making Arrangements
DURING THE MID-LATE 19905, THE BEAUTY DEBATE continued to rage throughout the contemporary art world. Exhibits such as the Whitney's Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art, ARC Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris' La Belle et La Bete...
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Editorial
Within weeks of going to press, we have lost three people whose lives have been dedicated to the field of ceramics for decades. Susan Peterson brought an international contingency of potters to the US in the 1950s, gave the world the legacy of her...
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Ellen Spijkstra's Quiet Search: Silenzio
IN LIMITATIONS LIE INSPIRATION AND ULTIMATELY the triumph of human imagination. Sources as disparate as film director John Ford and Zen Buddhist philosopher/ aesthete Rikyu have celebrated economy of means; seen restriction ultimately as supportive...
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Guardians of Empress Wu: New Works by Sue Fraser
EVERYBODY WHO KNOWS HORSES KNOWS THAT THEY can be an enduring passion. When others are freewheeling around the suburbs on a bicycle, Sue Fraser is saddling up a horse or modeling them in clay. Horses are the central motif in Fraser's art and her recent...
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Hirotsune Tashima: Humour and Cultural Commentary
HIROTSUNE TASHIMA'S WRY SENSE OF HUMOR AND sardonic view of life permeate his strikingly realistic figure-based ceramic sculptures and installations. Using slab construction embellished with lively coloured glazes and slips, Tashima creates playful...
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Jackson Lee: Reinterpreting Tradition
CERAMICS IS NOT JUST A FORM OF ART FOR JACKSON Lee; it is a way of life. There is both tenacity and serenity in the way Lee works; he pursues precision with relentless fervor while enjoying beauty with a sense of deep joy. The same passion, dedication,...
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Leaning into the Light: The Figurative Work of Melisa Cadell
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN ARCTIC DREAMS, AN EPIC JOURNEY OF IMAGINATION and desire written by Barry Lopez, the author offers the following insight: "How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one finds darkness not only in ones...
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Martha Pachon Rodriguez: Multi-Ethnic Awareness: A Tribute to Symmetry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RARELY IN LIFE DOES ONE HAVE THE CHANCE TO WITNESS the stylistic evolution of such a multifaceted artist. Martha Pachon Rodriguez graduated in Fine Arts from Neiva, Colombia at the Surcolombiana University and from a tender...
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Matthias Ostermann 1950-2009: Boats of Passage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MATTHIAS OSTERMANN, DIED PEACEFULLY AT THE Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal on April 19th, 2009 following a battle with HIV-induced lymphoma. Born in Germany (1950) to Lila Ostermann, they immigrated to Canada in 1953...
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Merchant Vessels: Studio Pottery in Newfoundland and Labrador
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DECISION TO BE A STUDIO POTTER--TO MAKE ONE'S living making and selling handmade pottery--bristles with challenges. Some are technical; others are economic, while the most troubling are often...
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Mona Naess: Staging the Awful and the Beautiful
WORKING FROM A CONCEPTUAL STANDPOINT Naess pushes the boundaries for anew look at porcelain as part of a process based art. The two projects I can feel it in my Tangles and Varia 'tio dele 'ctat are series in which the artist explores the fragility...
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Nicholas Mullany: Strange / Familiar
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NICHOLAS MULLANY TELLS A STORY OF CATCHING THE bus home as a student in Dunedin. In the evening light he sees a silhouetted figure waiting at his regular stop. Presuming the next bus is due, he runs to the stop, yet as he...
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Of Ancient Altars and Alchemy: The Work of Mary Kershaw
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHETHER THE WORKS OF MARY KERSHAW ARE MYSTICAL talismans, contemporary altarpieces or icons from a Druidic era, they seem endowed with magical power. They could be a very visual and conceptual example of Francis Bacon's observation...
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One Artist-Three Essays: Emile Decoeur
Essay #1 by Bernard Dejonghe SPRING 1968. A CLASSIFIED AD IN THE JOURNAL LA Ceramique moderne: "Studio for rent, two wood kilns." I Phone up immediately and take the 194 bus next morning at the Porte d'Orleans, bound for 4 Rue Andre Sale] at Fontenay-aux-Roses....
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Pure Form and the Industry of Collaboration: Jun Kaneko
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JUN KANEKO IS A MAGICAL MAN WHO SAYS LITTLE. HE leads an exemplary focused life that connects him directly into prodigious and profound art making. From the space within this focus and silence Kaneko is probably making the...
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Recuperation: Leopold Foulem
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THIS IS A SMALL EXHIBITION AT THE GARDINER Museum in Toronto of selected work done over the past decade by Montreal-based ceramic artist Leopold Foulem. But small packages can hold very big ideas and such is the case with...
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Spirits Embodied: Woodrow Nash
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEREVER THE WORK OF WOODROW NASH--characterized by visually stunning and alternatively arresting human sculpture--is exhibited, a reverent silence often envelops the space. People cease the loud...
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Susan Harnly Peterson: A Legend-A Legacy 1925-2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SUSAN HARNEY PETERSON, CERAMIC ARTIST, WRITER, AND professor passed away at home in Scottsdale, Arizona US on March 26, 2009 after a long illness. Born in 1925 in McPherson, Kansas she was the daughter of Iva, a painter and...
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The Body Doesn't Lie: Lars Calmar
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IMAGINE A SITTING ROOM. A QUIET MORNING, THE SUN gently shining through one of the windows. You are standing on the doorstep, looking around, a bit drowsy. Imagine the table, where, in a moment, you will eat breakfast. On...
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The Child Is Father of the Man: The Ceramic Art of Frank Steyaert
THE HOUSE WAS BUILT INHERE THE TINO RIVERS MET. The child ran out of its parents' house to watch the ships come in, as the lock gates opened with hissing and groaning sounds. The boy stood there, awed by the power of the foaming water as it spouted...
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The Poetics of Art: Contingency and Timelessness in the Art of Gilda Oliver
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CERAMIC HEADS AND BUSTS OF GILDA OLIVER REFRESENT the body's passage through different kinds of time (or lack thereof): timelessness, or time-suspended and time as contingency in the transitory perception of the human...
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The Theatres of Jim Cooper: Sgt P and Other Record Covers I Have Known
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE OVERWHELMING IMPULSE IS TO RUSH HOME AND excavate that old LP and check--who stayed in, who didn't make the cut and who's filling whose boots? Jim Cooper's installation Sgt P is a risky riff on, and takes rough format...
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