FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE/TEAPOTS*

An important aspect of all my figurative sculpture, teapots included, is the way forms relate and flow together. I am constantly combining and simplifying to enhance movement/rhythm/unity. My work is informed by historical examples--Yixing teapots, Inuit carvings, Pre-columbian ceramics, African sculpture and Japanese netsuke carvings. I admire the concise vocabulary of these pieces, their use of every day life as subject matter, their compact format and their straightforword but unique way of relating figurative elements. In much of this work, the traditions of sculpture and function come together in a way that transcends ordinary ornamentation.

PUBLICATIONS - BOOKS
The Artful Teapot, Garth Clark, Watson Guptill, ©2001

500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, Lark Books, 2002,
New York, NY
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin A. Hluch, 200l, Krause Publications
Object Lessons: Beauty andMeaning in Art, 2001, Guild Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin
Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, LACMA in association with Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2000, New York, NY
Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object, Leslie Ferrin, 2000, Guild Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin

 

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