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Daniel Bare, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 19, 2010 @ 10:43 am In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly,Daily | 1 Comment

 

 

Re/Claim, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, post-consumer found objects, porcelain, glazes.
Re/Claim, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, post-consumer found objects, porcelain, glazes.

Daniel Bare  Hudsonville, Michigan

 

In my work, I examine the impact of overproduction, consumption, and disposal of resources to show how these actions affect ecological balance. I feel an over-powering sense of gluttony and greed when I see the plethora of disregarded products that are briefly used and disposed of casually. This cycle is indicative of a cultural view of resources and the world as an endless and miraculously self-renewing material. Curiously, one could see a beauty and power in the vastness of multiples and the sheer numbers of objects that are crafted everyday without notice.

<p>Cup Platter (Toxic Green), 15 in. (38 cm) in diameter, post-consumer found objects, porcelain,  with glazes.</p>

Re/Claim, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, post-consumer found objects, porcelain, glazes.

During my residency at the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China, these feelings of the United States’ consumption were drawn into sharp perspective through my observations of a new culture. For instance, in Yixing, a small town in China, the tremendous volumes of pots lining the streets, which were neatly stacked taller than most semi-trucks, moved me. They were powerful symbols of human industriousness and the will to transform raw material into value and structure. Conversely, I also saw massive amounts of ceramic waste that was discharged by the factories. Plates were hopelessly stacked in the backyards of people’s homes because there is no end user for pieces that are not perfect and it is too expensive to move them to a landfill. Upon my return I became hyper aware of both the full circle of creation to consumption, and disregarded objects. In my work I interrupt this process before the final disposal to inject new meaning and to breathe life into these objects and to help them speak again.


 


This Emerging Artists 2010 article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!



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