Stoneware containers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Richard Delisle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: The work in this exhibition is an attempt to recapture some of the elements and mostly the feelings responsible for what we identify today as classical shapes in Eastern ceramics, such as the Raku pottery of Japan or the white and blue porcelain of the Yuan Period in China. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean potters were so gifted that they constantly pushed the limits of their technique and their creativity in their art forms. The fifty years between the T’ang Dynasty (618-906 A.D.) and the Sung Dynasty (960- 1278 A.D.) sees the Chinese potter emerging with new technical knowledge. He is now capable of achieving glazes of a quality unknown before that day, while his forms are now characterized by their simplicity and energy. The evolution of their art is so exceptional that they must have had profound personal and even spiritual motivation. As suggested in The Art of the T'ang Potter, both technical knowledge and strong personal feelings were required to achieve such perfection. I decided to work on a large scale choosing the slow process of throwing the lower section of a pot and building it up with coils. In this method, there is a progressional development which helps me to be more aware of proportions and more importantly, there is an identification with the work.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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