show encompasses work completed since I began a sabbatical leave in
December of 1998. Approximately six weeks into the sabbatical leave
period the planned work was interrupted by a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
After staging tests, second opinions, surgery, and recovery, the work
continued into the following school year and through the present time.
I titled the show Healing River because the work represents a steady
flow of work produced throughout the healing process. The work inspired
healing, and was the product of healing.
work is typical of my recent artistic output in that it is a mix of
sculptural and functional forms, and embraces a variety of approaches
to the ceramic process. The sculptural forms are handbuilt earthenware
painted with oil paints, raku fired wall sculpture and freestanding
forms, and wall pieces in glazed porcelain. The functional pottery
includes porcelain and stoneware.
non-objective wall plate sculptures and aquatic forms will be familiar
to those who have observed my work over a period of years. Most of
these objects are fired using a personal variation of the raku process.
I have begun to produce the familiar fish form in high-fired porcelain,
working with a new set of glaze color options on the translucent white
large earthenware handbuilt dresser, Plowing Chiffonier, reflects
the influence of Ohio ceramic artist Jack Earl, a Bluffton College
alum of the class of 1956, with whom I worked for three weeks as part
of my sabbatical activities. The trompe l'oeil chest, with its faux
wooden texture and color, embodies a nostalgic childhood memory, and
a snapshot of the beauty in a rural Ohio landscape.
variety of form and content on exhibit here, represents a reiteration
of past themes and new directions for the future. I am personally
most excited about the later, and see the show as a series of beginnings,
rather than conclusions.
am pleased that the exhibition will run through May Day and graduation
ceremonies at Bluffton College on May 5th and 6th, because my Bluffton
College graduating class will celebrate our 30th reunion that weekend.
The public is invited to a gallery reception from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday