Ritual Vase, 14 in. (36 cm) in height, reduction-fired stoneware with manganese crystalline glaze, 2009.

Ritual Vase, 14 in. (36 cm) in height, reduction-fired stoneware with manganese crystalline glaze, 2009.

Seth Green  Parchment, Michigan

Spiritually symbolic characteristics used in the creation of religious architecture primarily influence my ceramic vessels. Specific forms of inspiration are the temples, palaces, and mosques of the Islamic world, the Czech Republic, etc., that are topped with domes, spires, and finials. Spires and finials of this nature symbolize mankind’s journey from mortality into the eternal realms. Striking silhouettes, symmetry and architectural line captivate my focus.

 

Historic ceramic and metal vessels that were used in a palace to celebrate an important occasion or in a temple to enhance the sacredness of a ceremony are referred to in my work. Rather than the specifics of rituals or ceremonies, I am intrigued with the sense of spirituality that my ewers, chalices, ceremonial jars, ritual bottles and vases embody.

Golden Ewer, 13 in. (33 cm) in height, reduction-fired stoneware with manganese crystalline glaze, 2009.

Golden Ewer, 13 in. (33 cm) in height, reduction-fired stoneware with manganese crystalline glaze, 2009.

I take advantage of clay’s ability to retain carefully defined and metal-like details while using luxurious metallic finishes that are only possible through the ceramic process. Glaze applied to these ceramic forms softens their details and smooths their silhouettes. The use of crystal forming glazes and precious metal luster communicates the same degree of beauty and luxury as the referenced historical objects and emphasizes the spiritual aspects of the work.


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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