Small pink enclosure with tiles, 38 in. (97 cm) in diameter, coil-built, altered, incised, and slip-trailed stoneware, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, 2008.

Small pink enclosure with tiles, 38 in. (97 cm) in diameter, coil-built, altered, incised, and slip-trailed stoneware, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, 2008.

Sarah Gross  Lawrence, Kansas

I am fascinated with the duality of the screen; it simultaneously conceals and reveals, protects, and tantalizes. It consists of matter and space. Using the language and tradition of vessels, I build architectural walls and enclosures as well as functional pottery to highlight and clarify the relationships between access and denial, isolation and inclusion. I draw on the reference to the female form as vessel and explore the potential of containment. Pieces may enclose a human form, food, a document, or space. 

Small pink enclosure with tiles, 38 in. (97 cm) in diameter, coil-built, altered, incised, and slip-trailed stoneware, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, 2008.

Small pink enclosure with tiles, 38 in. (97 cm) in diameter, coil-built, altered, incised, and slip-trailed stoneware, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, 2008.

Constructing and deconstructing, I push the material to its limits, removing as much clay as I can while retaining structural integrity. I am gratified by the transparency of the screen juxtaposed with the mass that has been cut away. After producing a lacy, complex pattern by cutting out a single quatrefoil or trefoil shape, I am left with hundreds of cookie-like tiles to play with. I stack the tiles and pave paths with them, surrounding the screens from which they originated. 


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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