Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ursula Morley-Price @ Mackenzie Fine Art

My friend Crista Grauer alerted me to this show of stoneware pots. Their maker is English, but lives and works in the Charentes region of southern France. They seem unglazed, but actually do have, in places, a very slightly crackling glaze that is quite close to the look of the clay body itself. Very subtle. We like. At first, I thought the flange elements that protrude from the vessel must be made by slicing these wafer-thin pieces and then attaching them, since their shapes are very uniform and very fragile, but I couldn't see how that could be accomplished without damaging the piece in the course of forming it that way. ( Of course, not everyone is as clumsy as I am. ) In fact, she ingeniously lays down thick coils that are adhered vertically to the underlying shape and then pinched progressively outward. She works exclusively with coiling, paddling and other hand-building methods. Really intriguing and beautiful.

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