Clapsaddle Pottery

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The majority of my ceramic work is thrown and assembled terracotta clay. The surface work is hand painted majolica on black and red grounds with sgraffito contour lines. The subjects range from faces, animals/fish/birds/insects to landscapes, flowers and still-life. My surface work is the flora and fauna representative of the areas I live in or visited. My tile work is also created in majolica using the same painting and sgraffito technique. In addition, many of my ceramic works are hand built with stamped designs. I use white talc clay imprinted with found objects and my own hand cut printing blocks. Some of the textures on the pottery are a play on words. Others are random patterns that are rhythmically repeated throughout the surface of the work. These surfaces are enhanced with underglazes. The surface is wiped, layered and repeated until the finished look is achieved. Then a final coat of mat or gloss glaze is applied so the pieces are fully functional. Sometimes I combine the textured prints with a majolica piece as decorative elements, a border, foot, handle or lip. The imprinted clay areas are finished with a non-fired oil- rubbed compound. Figure work creating caricatures of literary or noteworthy people, began my exploration in clay wall art. Here I use the same technique described above for the textural pieces adding low fire metallic accents. Currently I am creating a series of cups on bases that are attached to the wall. When working in clay I become totally absorbed in the handling of the clay. I believe art is a continually evolving process. It is the tactile quality of the media I find most interesting. I draw out many of my clay forms, but it is the manipulation of the media that lets them evolve. I love finding the right subject to paint on each piece to enhance the form and bring a story to the work. I enjoy the subtle changes and unique qualities that occur in the firing process. Each piece takes on its own personality based on both the surface texture and the glazing process.


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