Stoneware and porcelain forms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Margaret Louise Shirlen (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: This is an exhibition of high fired stoneware and porcelain forms. Most of these forms were made on an electric potter's wheel, and are therefore derived from a cylinder. I feel that a cylinder is a strong basic form which gives an inherent structure to the shape. From this basic form I can then express my Interest in subtle shifts of line and volume. The cylinder shape of the jar form is designed to accept a lid. In the bottle and vase forms the shoulder, the neck, and the lip have a fluid relationship. I attempted to instill a feeling of volume in the shoulder and compression in the neck. In contrast to this closed shape, the open shape of the bowl was made by pressing a slab onto a form. These are simple forms in which I have attempted to create a clean flowing line, a gentle line which is graceful in movement. These forms must also have a compactness for I wanted them to appear, and to be, solid and stable. I wished to create a feeling that the form is firmly set in space. The bases of these forms are simple and direct, being as little noticeable as possible. The individual character of the shape is oriented towards the open top rather than the closed bottom.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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