Vasefinder International 2013
Exhibitor 49

Thomas Ladd

Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA

Title: Serenity

Year of Creation: 2011

Glaze: Wood ash exterior, Luff Orange liner

Clay Body: Stoneware

Dimensions: Height 9.5 inches, Width 7.5 inches

Artist's Statement: I am attracted to the intimate human scale of fired clay objects and how they integrate into people's lives. Weathered rock becomes clay, which can be hand formed and transformed in unlimited ways. The potter's kiln turns clay back into rock. Stoneware encapsulated the hand and heart of the potter. Exploring the parameters of material, process, surface, form, and space is an endless learning challenge. Complete dedication and a strong technical foundation are necessary to produce works of significance. Subjecting my work to the smoky orange white heat of the kiln is a life reinforcing experience.

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