Momoyama Liquor Set,
10 in. (25 cm) in width, thrown, altered, and assembled stoneware (with
cellulose fiber, nut shells, feldspar chips, and grog) and porcelain,
soda-fired, 2008.

Double Condiment, 12 ½ in. (32 cm) in length, thrown, altered, and
assembled stoneware (with cellulose fiber, nut shells, feldspar chips
and grog) and porcelain, soda-fired, 2009.

I produce functional ceramic ware that has been inspired by my wilderness travels throughout Canada. These trips have produced an interest in natural processes and materials. As a result, my work is often about the methods used to form and fire the work, as well as the raw materials themselves. Many of my forms and imagery are based on historical references from Japanese tea ceremony ware of the Momoyama period (16th and 17th centuries).

The majority of my work is wheel thrown and altered. Process marks are intentionally left or enhanced as a way to further communicate with users and to explore the materials themselves. Contrasting clays are sometimes used to emphasize individual materials and their properties. Atmospheric firings such as wood and soda play a large role in completing pieces and deepen the dialogue about process.

Instructor: Bruce Cochrane, Professor

 

 


This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s “2009 Undergraduate Showcase” feature, which appeared in the September 2009 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!


 

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