Marie T. Hermann: Shades of days #B, 2011. Ceramic and thread. 18 x 12 x 7 in.
"The process of working in clay is a grounding experience that focuses my attention in the present moment, but also is a tangible thread that connects across time with twenty thousand years of ceramists who preceded me.
My work is an exploration in shape and pattern, using the enclosed vessel as the underlying form. These vessels are constructed from asymmetric curved surfaces that project a unique contour with each viewing angle. The interior space is intentionally hidden, leaving the contents to the imagination, metaphorically containing perhaps hopes, dreams, or spirits. These rounded shapes are meant to be held and, when set on a flat surface, gently rock before coming to rest at their own natural balance point.
My approach is to combine ancient methods of stone-burnishing and earthenware firing with computer-aided shape design to produce talismans that fuse traditional and modern aesthetics. Surface markings are created by painting water-soluble metal salts on bisque-fired clay. These watercolors permeate the clay body, and become a permanent part of the surface when fired. I have a strong affinity for intricate abstract patterns, ones that can’t be fully comprehended with a single glance, an invitation to in-depth exploration.
These ceramic forms echo the geometries of nature: waterworn stones, shells, seedpods, expansive desert landscapes, the Milky Way on a moonless night.” Mark Goudy
Mark Goudy: Three Vessels - clockwise from left: (m103) 8”w x 4”h; (m105) 10”w x 4.5”h; (m102) 7.5”w x 3.5”h
Mark Goudy: Vessel (m61) - 8.5”w x 4”h; handbuilt burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts, fired to cone 04
Mark Goudy: Four Vessels - clockwise from left: (m87) 12”w x 4.5”h; (m101) 10”w x 4”h; (m73) 8”w x 3”h; (m81) 10.5”w x 4”h
Mark Goudy: Three Vessels - clockwise from left: (m70) 7”w x 3”h; (m81) 10.5”w x 4”h; (m71) 8”w x 3.5”h
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