A study of clay involving a combination of handbuilding and wheel thrown utilitarian objects

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marilyn Houser Hartness (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: In working with clay I discovered unique qualities which naturally define the medium if only allowed to exist when an object has been formed. Using simple shapes and being conscious of the plasticity, possibilities in irregular form, and changable surface allows the essence of the clay to emerge. My search for the essence of clay was inspired by the German Expressionist school and particularly the abstract expressionist potter, Peter Voulkos. The utilitarian objects which I have made are shaped to evoke visual, tactile, and emotional involvement; at the same time remain known as clay. They are formed by handbuilding and/or wheel throwing techniques. Because of the numbing effects that technology has had on human sensitivity, I have chosen this approach to define clay. Products made of clay and simply mass produced may not retain any likeness to the medium at all. I select only the wheel throwing techniques which improve the function of my handbuilt utilitarian pottery. I want to direct attention to the value of man creating and expressing himself with clay: handling clay instills an appreciation for its natural beauty and origin which is earth.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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