To Florida potter Patrick Dragon, the surface of a wheel-thrown vessel is like a plaster wall ready for a fresco. “It’s sensitive to almost anything—I can paint on it, apply glazes, even add ceramic decals, gold leaf, ink and a variety of other collage elements.”
Dale Zheutlin (New Rochelle, New York) prepares a model for a commission at her converted-warehouse studio. Her article about “Site-Specific Wall Sculpture” describes how to produce a large, multisectional wall form as well as sell the concept.
Sculptor Gail Weissberg’s search for stimulating environments has taken her from New Zealand to the United States and now to France. Recent work combines American and Oceanic influences.
California artist/teacher Les Lawrence’s 30-year career includes production dinnerware for Neiman-Marcus, and experimental pottery and sculpture involving innovative technical processes.
Philadelphia artist Syd Carpenter (photographed with a twisted root form in progress) draws inspiration from many of the same sources as Steven Donegan, but that’s where the similarity in their claywork ends, though they’ve been together for over 16 years.
British potter Jon Middlemiss determined 14 years ago that he was “not suited” to functional ware, opting instead to develop more articulate forms by segmenting and reassembling wheel-throw vessels.
West Virginia artist Dan Keegan explores concepts of duality in his press-molded terra-cotta sculpture.
California artist Roberta Laidman. Making anthropomorphic sculptures of dogs that are neither too abstract nor cute is difficult; see how this artist faces the challenge, beginning on page 33.
Never one to shy away from controversial subjects, California artist Jerry Rothman is currently working on a timely series of sculptures that point out American social and political follies.
Modern ceramic design with a bit of nostalgia on the side is the house specialty in this restored 1947 diner—now showroom—of Michigan artists Jerry Berta and Madeline Kaczmarczyk.