Vasefinder International 2012
Exhibitor 93

Jeff Brown

Seagrove, North Carolina, USA

Title: Hexagonal Wood Fired Vase

Year of Creation: 2010

Glaze: Wood fired with shino interior

Clay Body: Porcelain

Dimensions: Height 8 inches, Width 5 inches

Artist's Statement: I am drawn to the natural earth qualities of clay: the smell, the look, the feel of its granular surface as it's stretched by the pressure of my fingertips. My fascination with texture and the pliable nature of clay leads me to examine not just the outside, or on the skin, but inside, below the surface. The firing process has become as elemental in my work as the forms and textures I use. The controlled chaos of the woodfiring process enhances the surfaces of my pottery in a way that I cannot do in the glazing process alone. Imagining how flame and ash will leave their mark on my work, caressing the textures as they wrap around the forms, affects the way I think of my work in the studio.

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