Stoneware forms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eleanor Jane Bernau (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Goldstein

Abstract: Each piece of clay deals with its reaction to several particular processes induced upon it. The raw earth elements are combined with water and manipulated by hand to form particular shapes which are dried, exposed to fire, glazed and fired again. After the initial hand forming and drying, the piece is relatively set for its existence. Each of these pieces was manipulated one last time before the final firing so as to retain a visible mark of the maker's hand. While some pieces were still wet after throwing or dried approximately one day and still retaining some plasticity, they were manipulated in certain ways so as to change any symmetry that would result from a thrown piece. These pieces were pinched, squeezed, pressed, or had additional balls of clay added to them with pressure at particular points. Outwardly this could be assumed to be a decorative effect but it was mainly executed as an exploration of what manual changes could be wrought within the thrown piece without severely altering its original wheel-made form. For the most part, the changes are subtle changes but yet changes that would alter the form to show obvious connections with the hand.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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