Wednesday, 13 January 2016

ARTIST STATEMENT 2016

The beauty of the form is central to all of Carol's ceramics. Her new body of work involves very delicate porcelain pieces. She feels challenged to create simple forms in which the concept of “the beauty of imperfection” is explored. Fragility is also a recurring theme as Carol feels compelled to push the boundaries of the material. The wonderful translucent quality of very thin high fired porcelain combined with the use of traditional celadon glazes with minimal gold and cobalt decoration enhance the fine aspects of her forms. Although the forms are purely sculptural there is a suggestion of functionality.
For Carol’s purely expressive abstract sculptures, she achieves strong forms with an underlying simplicity without the need to add decoration or color. The directions of the lines and curves if each piece are carefully examined and refined during the forming process. Carol also enjoys raku firing in the summer months. Her delicate raku pots with a lovely burnished terra sigillata finish have been described as egg-shell like and need to be held to appreciate the fineness of her work.  The naked raku process results in intricate smoke crake patterns on the natural clay surface.

 Carol’s work has been recognized by numerous awards including grants she received from The Ontario Arts Council to study at The International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark in 2011 and in Jingdezhen, China in 2013. Living in the beautiful town of Deep River where she is able to encounter nature on a daily basis has a profound influence on her concept of ceramic art.