David D. Gilbaugh

David D. Gilbaugh Contemporary Ceramics

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“Through creating and teaching others how to make “Treepots” and “Tectonic Sculptures,” I have dedicated my artistic efforts in ceramics to exploring life and the irony of renewal through death. Trees are the primary subject of my work and human emergence is its’ theme. Through this creative work I engage the interrelationship between humanity and nature. 

I focus on trees because I have a natural love of them from my youth. As a child I spent my summers with my brother roaming the woods of northern Illinois, and as an adolescent I spent them backpacking the forests of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Observing the tree excites my creative expression because it demonstrates the promise of renewal in the events of birth, the processes of aging, and the inevitability and promise of new life through death and decay. In this way life continuously takes on evolved and more beautiful forms through both creation and evolution. Both are proven simultaneously in the cycle of life. Evidence of this is shown most brilliantly to me in the life cycle of trees and I speak of it most effectively through my art in the medium of clay.” David Gilbaugh

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David Gilbaugh: Bearded Ghoul, 2009, sculpted lamp base, 11”(W) x 21”(H), hand-built, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10, iron and rutile oxides

David Gilbaugh: Bearded Ghoul, 2009, sculpted lamp base, 11”(W) x 21”(H), hand-built, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10, iron and rutile oxides

David Gilbaugh: Siren Lamp Base, 2008, sculpted lamp base, 10”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 10 reduction, black stain

David Gilbaugh: Siren Lamp Base, 2008, sculpted lamp base, 10”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 10 reduction, black stain

David Gilbaugh: Driftwood Fountain, 2008, sculpted fountain, 12”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, iron, rutile, and cobalt oxide stains, Winokur Yellow, Temmoku

David Gilbaugh: Driftwood Fountain, 2008, sculpted fountain, 12”(W) x 22”(H), hand-built slab and coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, iron, rutile, and cobalt oxide stains, Winokur Yellow, Temmoku

David Gilbaugh: Sycamore Teappot #3, 2011, sculpted teapot, 11”(H) x 8”(D), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: Sycamore Teappot #3, 2011, sculpted teapot, 11”(H) x 8”(D), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: Sycamore Teappot #1, 2010, sculpted teapot, 6” W X 8”D X 9”H, hand built with dowels, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: Sycamore Teappot #1, 2010, sculpted teapot, 6” W X 8”D X 9”H, hand built with dowels, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: Orange Oak Teapot, 2008, sculpted teapot, 9”(W) x 17”(H), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, Winokur Yellow glaze on bark surfaces

David Gilbaugh: Orange Oak Teapot, 2008, sculpted teapot, 9”(W) x 17”(H), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, Winokur Yellow glaze on bark surfaces

David Gilbaugh: White Oak Teapot, 2011, sculpted teapot, hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain with Whynokur Yellow on the bark

David Gilbaugh: White Oak Teapot, 2011, sculpted teapot, hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain with Whynokur Yellow on the bark

David Gilbaugh: Temmoku Grained Bowl, 2011, carved bowl, hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: Temmoku Grained Bowl, 2011, carved bowl, hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain over porcelain decorating slip

David Gilbaugh: The Imaginist, 2009, sculpture, 21”(W) x 33”(H) x 23”(D), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 8, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, interior - red engobe.

David Gilbaugh: The Imaginist, 2009, sculpture, 21”(W) x 33”(H) x 23”(D), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware, cone 8, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain throughout, interior - red engobe.

David Gilbaugh: A Man At Ten, 2008, statuette, 4”(W) x 8”(H), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, Babu Porcelain, iron, rutile, and cobalt oxide stains

David Gilbaugh: A Man At Ten, 2008, statuette, 4”(W) x 8”(H), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, Babu Porcelain, iron, rutile, and cobalt oxide stains

David Gilbaugh: Family Tree, 2007, sculpture, 6.5”(W) x 11.5”(H), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, iron, rutile, chrome and cobalt oxide stains

David Gilbaugh: Family Tree, 2007, sculpture, 6.5”(W) x 11.5”(H), hand-built coil, B-mix stoneware with grog, cone 10 reduction, iron, rutile, chrome and cobalt oxide stains

David Gilbaugh: Racemosa, 2011, sculpted teapot, 4”(W) x 11”(H) x 8”(D), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stainPermanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts

David Gilbaugh: Racemosa, 2011, sculpted teapot, 4”(W) x 11”(H) x 8”(D), hand-built slab, B-mix stoneware paper clay with grog, cone 10 reduction, black stain brushed in crevices, water washed iron and rutile stain
Permanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts