Volume 2004 Issue #55 - Pages 72-76YASUHISA KOHYAMA, Modern Shigaraki PotterPages 72-76
"During the cutting of the surface of an object there is an instant of intense energy that is transferred... people viewing his work feel the impact of the power and freshness of it."
"Does your geographical location or cultural background impact on your work?" A survey of answers to this and other questions from 50 Canadian artists.
....a support system for initiating a personal voice within the field. We ceramic artists feed off each other's energy and innovation - sometimes unspoken or sometimes through exhibitions, lectures or casual conversation. (Bruce Cochrane)
He speaks of "the fluidity of the materials in ceramics... you can use clay for sculpture, it helps you clarify your drawings... so that finally "an inner necessity comes out from deep inside you, and this is not something you can get from educators... all life force connecting with the universe... an inner calm is necessary."
Since completing formal education in ceramics at RISD and Alfred, Ellen has worked in her rural Floyd, Virginia, studio as a potter. Her thrown and altered forms are intended for use. "The pot has to want to be used."
WAYNE NGAN - by Shirley Clifford"When you understand the complexities, then simplicity becomes meaningful" This... embodies Wayne's work and philosophy. Ngan... lives and works on Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.
FORM, FUNCTION & PHILOSOPHY - 1997 Fusion Conference - Highlights
Ellen discusses her formal ceramic art education, her work and firing schedule, her marketing and business practice, as well as her long-term goals.
APERIATOR - which means "it shall be opened". St. Augustine concludes his Confessions with this one word - an invitation to open yourself to adventure, to explore, to have a faith journey in life.
As a result of the passionate views expressed, the audience responded with a lively discussion. You can read how many individuals voiced their opinions on marketing, pricing ware, and on aesthetics.
Wayne Ngan - "a master craftsman whose work is in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Royal Ontario Museum and Canadian Craft Museum. He has won the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts."