Debra Fleury

Debra Fleury Contemporary Ceramics

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“While growing up near the ocean, I spent many hours peering at tiny creatures and looking for clues to their secret lives. This began a lifelong passion for the the minute details, the battered fragments, and the myriad patterns of organic life. The smallest bits of bone or shell would ignite intense curiosity and imaginative leaps; What was this creature? What did it look like? How did it die? Did it have a family, a home, or friends? Did it feel or think? What would it have thought of me? I create sculptural objects in an empathetic attempt to gain insight into the inner life of creatures and I seek to spark curiosity and imaginative leaps in the viewer.

Clay is critical to exploring these ideas. Touching clay and responding to its organic properties are key aspects of my largely exploratory and intuitive creative process. Risk taking and pushing materials to their limits is also important. I experiment with the forces used to shape clay, glaze, and glass as a process for imagining and exploring the effects of natural forces. I combine clays with glass or other materials to see what they reveal about their individual properties when they are fused together.” Debra Fleury

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Debra Fleury: Tidal 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 10 cm x 10 cm x  8 cm

Debra Fleury: Tidal 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 10 cm x 10 cm x  8 cm

Debra Fleury: Flow, 2011. Red stoneware, porcelain and glaze. Fired to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere). Dimensions 28 cm x 28 cm x 7 cm

Debra Fleury: Flow, 2011. Red stoneware, porcelain and glaze. Fired to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere). Dimensions 28 cm x 28 cm x 7 cm

Debra Fleury: Husk, 2010. White Stoneware and underglaze. Fired to Cone 1 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 13 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm

Debra Fleury: Husk, 2010. White Stoneware and underglaze. Fired to Cone 1 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 13 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm

Debra Fleury: Limpid, 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall or surface installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 11 cm x 11 cm x  5 cm

Debra Fleury: Limpid, 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall or surface installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 11 cm x 11 cm x  5 cm

Debra Fleury: Fallen, 2010. Dark Stoneware, underglaze and glaze. Multiple firings, cone 6 and cone 07 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 9 cm x 9 cm x 4 cm

Debra Fleury: Fallen, 2010. Dark Stoneware, underglaze and glaze. Multiple firings, cone 6 and cone 07 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 9 cm x 9 cm x 4 cm

Debra Fleury: Succor, 2010. Dark Stoneware hollow form fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 15 cm x 15 cm x 19 cm

Debra Fleury: Succor, 2010. Dark Stoneware hollow form fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 15 cm x 15 cm x 19 cm

Debra Fleury: Barnacle, 2011. Dark Stoneware hollow forms fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 12 cm x 11 cm x 8 cm

Debra Fleury: Ice, 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 5 cm x 5 cm x  7 cm

Debra Fleury: Ice, 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 5 cm x 5 cm x  7 cm

Debra Fleury: Glider, 2010. Porcelain. Fired to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere). Dimensions 50 cm x 15 cm x 17 cm

Debra Fleury: Glider, 2010. Porcelain. Fired to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere). Dimensions 50 cm x 15 cm x 17 cm

Debra Fleury: Exopool, 2010. Porcelain, glass and glazes. Multiple firings to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere) and cone 6 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 18 cm x 11 cm x  15 cm

Debra Fleury: Exopool, 2010. Porcelain, glass and glazes. Multiple firings to cone 10 (reduction atmosphere) and cone 6 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 18 cm x 11 cm x  15 cm

Debra Fleury: Colony, 2011. Dark Stoneware, Porcelain and Glass. Fired to cone 6 (neutral atmosphere), (wall installation). Dimensions variable, average size per individual piece is approximately 7 cm x 7 cm x  5 cm

Debra Fleury: Bone, 2010. White Stoneware, Dark Stoneware and underglaze. Fired to cone 1 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 41 cm x 29 cm x 29 cm

Debra Fleury: Bone, 2010. White Stoneware, Dark Stoneware and underglaze. Fired to cone 1 (neutral atmosphere). Dimensions 41 cm x 29 cm x 29 cm