Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jordan Becker @ Greenwich House Pottery

Jordan's work was part of the yearly show of resident ceramic artists at Greenwich House. Some of these pieces were wood-fired, some pit-fired. The grouping called "expendables" evoked medieval helmets as well as the haniwa figures of Japanese clay history which followers of the dojo will know are so dear to my heart. But they also made me think of spent shells, canisters, and - sadly - body parts of people flying apart; I found them beautiful and they seemed to communicate thoughtfulness that went beyond their physicality. A wall piece of two shield forms was also great. Jordan soon moves on to greener pastures, leaving the city for a remote land to the north, where he will continue to pursue excellence. And the potters of Greenwich House will miss him.

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