When I think of porcelain, I picture the delicate bowls and baskets my mother bought from a local ceramicist in the 70’s. They had lacy filigree weaving on the top rim of the hand thrown bottom bowls and were finished in a shiny white glaze. The earthquake in the Valley in the 90’s demolished almost of all the fragile stoneware.
Present times are requiring a new definition of porcelain. No earthy delicate baskets here. Instead breakable material sits in ribbons and folds, defying gravity and shaping space into new caves and fissures. These seemingly unmovable cloth like mounds are full of ridges that bend and flow. Frail and solid, the pieces are organic in their relationship to plants with material like elements (think Raffia). Each piece seems to contain something of the five elements too, born of fire with qualities of airiness, earthy hues, flowing watery shapes, and a creativity that results in unique space and shape.
This show as at Frank Lloyd Gallery.
interesting sculptural forms are by Cheryl Ann Thomas.
these pieces are really beautiful and I am really attracted to their bending
and twisting nature. I am very drawn to sculptural shapes which really emphases
their sense of movement and change of direction. I think these pieces are
really intriguing to look at and I love their organic nature which seems so
natural and effortless.
Cheryl Ann Thomas’s work is fragile, delicate and stunning (I need to see her work in the flesh so to speak) here she is talking about her art. I love it when artists explain where a piece or inspiration comes from, this really is an an enjoyable few minutes-great pictures as well.