Linda Lewis • West Des Moines, IA • Ceramic Sculpture

Recently I read a phrase that confirmed what I have tried to convey and live up to when I portray the idea of a person in clay. Leonardo, in 1490, described the portrait as a vehicle for expressing "the motions of the mind." I am interested in observing people-the way they tilt their head, hold their body, & express themselves. I also listen to what they say-what seems to be important to them, what troubles them, what brings them happiness.

   

I may take characteristics of several people and put them together in one piece. For me the pleasure comes when the clay, that starts as a clump, comes alive--when it flows, dances, sings and crackles with life. I like letting my intuition suggest a movement or texture. When I go in a direction not knowing where it may lead.

For some pieces I like taking chances with surfaces and line within the piece. I incise the wet clay with textures & sometimes words. With other pieces I may texture the piece using mostly glaze & surface applications. In essence each piece becomes their own creation and hopefully exudes their own energy.

I hope the viewer looks at these pieces I have created and sees a piece of themselves. That somehow I have captured the "motions of their mind."

Obsessive Reader Shelf-Sitter

 

Looking Forward to an Interesting Life

Process

The sculptures are coil built using stoneware or another type of high fire clay. Large coils are pressed together using the hand and a rib (metal or wooden tool) is used to fuse the coils together and to smooth the surface. Some details are added and textures are applied with a variety of common objects.

Surfaces are varied but include low fire underglazes or glazes, oxides and slips, then fired at low temperatures-often several times. A black overglaze is added to some pieces with glaze applications. The overglaze settles into the cracks. Parts of the black overglaze is sprayed off leaving a worn, crackle finish.

 

Head Vessels

 

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