Artist Challenge: REFLECTION … “As the seasons change, so does reflection. We see reflection in light or hear it in sound. When the year comes to a close, do you reflect on what was, what will be? How can a reflection be cool or warm? How will you define it in your medium?”
This Challenge was open to all artists, working in any medium, who work/reside in eastern Massachusetts. I chose to submit two RAKU vases. With my “prelude” brushwork on the exterior surface and coppery reflective glaze on the interior, it defined “Reflection” in my medium: clay.
Raku is a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials, such as sawdust and shredded paper.
Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. This is when the wonderful reflective coppery sheen happens.
The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking; therefore, Raku is fragile and cannot withstand water. The non functional aspect means that the interior is unoccupied and light travels in to reflect the copper red glaze.
See my vases and the work of other artists as they respond to “Reflection” in their mediums.
Participating Artists Include:
Lisa W B Walker, Cindy Mootz, Lonnie Landrey, Gretje Ferguson, Fred Smith, Rali Weaver, Dennis Stein, Kerry Hawkins, Alice Donaldson, Wendy Birchmire, Danielle Leveille, Sharon Pierce, Nancy Walton, Anna Gemelli, and Gillian Jackson
Raku is always one of a kind. It is a ceramic sculpture that has captured a moment in time where artist, fire and process become one. Enjoy the luminosity of the copper reds that come to life in the reduction process, and the exterior brushwork and crackle that reflect nature in a season of change.
“Reflection”, a Dedham Square Artist Guild Artist Challenge, opens tonight, Thursday, December 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This show will be hosted in the lower gallery at the Dedham Community Theatre. 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. http://www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com
Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2014 to January 30th, 2015