Jonathan Bock - Ceramics

Pulling Carrots

Raku Fired Ceramic Wall Hanging


approx 11w x 8h inches

Apple Crackle and White Crackle glaze over a Laguna Blend clay body.




AJ Castelo checking the kiln load"Pulling Carrots" depicts a garden scene with three women harvesting vegetables. Although the image appears to represent a group of women working together, it is a continuation of a technique I began using in the 1980s, in which a single figure is drawn in multiple positions to depict a narrative of a specific action. The piece is one of  a series of Raku fired wall hangings created in 2005.  Each piece begins as a slab of clay, which is then draped over an arrangement of stones to create an irregular undulating surface.  The modified slab serves as a blank canvas for gesture drawing from a live model.  As the clay dries the drawing is refined and sculpted in low relief.  The final work is bisque fired and then raku fired in a 55 gallon drum kiln.



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