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Jeff Campana, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 19, 2010 @ 9:55 am In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly,Daily | 5 Comments

Blue and gold bowl, 8 in. (20 cm) in diameter, wheel thrown, dissected, and re-assembled, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

Blue and gold bowl, 8 in. (20 cm) in diameter, wheel thrown, dissected, and re-assembled, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

Jeff Campana  Louisville, Kentucky

I draw lines by dissecting and immediately reassembling each pot. The result is a surface decoration with structural implications. Lines on the exterior coincide with lines found inside, as each line is in fact a seam – a scar where it was once severed. Though these seams imply fragility, pooling glazes seal and strengthen the ware. While emphasizing the order of processes used to form the work, the fault lines threaten to, but do not actually undermine the vessel’s ability to contain, display or deliver.

 

My method of making is sustained by my desire to develop a virtuosic touch in clay. When pieces are dissected for decoration, cross-sections are examined, critiqued, noted, and refined. It is my preference for conspicuous labor and skill that drives me to these challenging and often risky processes.

Lavender stripe pitcher, 9 in. (23 cm) in height, wheel thrown, dissected, and re-assembled, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

Lavender stripe pitcher, 9 in. (23 cm) in height, wheel thrown, dissected, and re-assembled, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

I choose to make functional work for the limitations and parameters that function provides. The concerns of ergonomics, heft, balance, containment, delivery, and display provide guidance while demanding ingenuity. Every new form is a new puzzle. Once solved, it adds layers of new considerations to the body as a whole. A new discovery in a teapot form might require something about the form of a bowl to change. These connections are constantly assessed and redefined.


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