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December's show features Robin Hominiuk, Reid Ozaki, Todd Horton and Larry Halvorsen in the Virtual Art Space. Four artists based in the Pacific Northwest.
Born and raised in Canada, it was a move to the USA that provided Robin the opportunity to become a full time potter. An introduction to wood fired pots and participation in her first wood firing had a tremendous influence on Robin’s ceramic aesthetic and way of working with clay. The unpredictable results from wood firing continue to captivate and the addition of metal components keeps her work fresh and interesting. Form, function and fire are the mantras to which she answers, Robins journey continues in her north Seattle studio.
Clay, wheel, trim, bisque, glaze, load, wood, fire, heat, flame, metal, saw, solder, hammer, forge- these words belong to me, they are the language of my art.
Some of my earliest memories are of swimming around in the tide pools near Hilo and playing in the hapu`u at Camp Hale Aloha in Volcano. This was the beginning of my interest in and love for the natural world. My grandfather, was a great influence on me. He loved to create bonsai and designed and built beautiful gardens surrounding his home.
As for the technical aspects of what I do, I work in stoneware, primarily, with a little porcelain for a few objects. The work is fired in a gas kiln to cone 10 (2400o F) in a reduction atmosphere. Since being invited to participate in their wood kiln firings, I am increasingly firing more work with John Benn and Colleen Gallagher on Hartstine Island, WA.
I have made my living as a potter since graduate school. Since 1996, I have taught a ceramics class each quarter at Tacoma Community College. This has been a good balance.
Todd Horton Bio
Todd Horton works full time between his floating studio and his forest studio, creating work from a sense of place through the secret of making.
A good painting seems just on the verge of telling us something important. The potential promise of secrets revealed. That closeness of some revelation that may fade away . . . but in retrospect, obvious, or inevitable — yet also ever surprising. A most enlightening paradox . . . the mythology of life . . . and what is art and how is it recognized? Like the sound of moonlight dripping through pines . . .
Ancient stone tools, ritual objects, architecture and forms from nature are the inspirations for my sculptures and sculptural vessels. I am attempting to carve out my place as a contemporary object maker. My recent focus has been work for the wall, including grouping and individual pieces and the introduction of a gloss rather than matt surface. In my view this is the transition from lava to obsidian. I use stoneware clay, a traditional craft material. The pieces are constructed using a combination of hand-building techniques. All the pieces are coated with glaze and carved into, a technique call sgraffito. The carving is a result of a lifelong exploration of line and pattern.
Larry Halvorsen is a self-taught potter with almost 30 years experience working with clay. Combining his interests in primitive art, ancient tools, natural forms and lifelong love of pattern, he creates an ever-evolving body of work.