1. Diva – stoneware, sgraffito; 11 1/2 x 7 in.
2. To The Nines – white stoneware, sgraffito; 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
3. Gilded Cage – stoneware, sgraffito; 7 x 5 1/2 in.
Having always been a close observer of nature and natural phenomenon, my work in clay has tended toward organic shape and feminine imagery. In my newest ceramic work, I have left behind the symmetry of the wheel and strict functionality, concentrating instead on sculptural compositional forces within and around each piece. Form has become of prime importance over traditional vessel definition; how the essence of form – line, mass and shadow – can be arranged to create the energy of gesture, suggestion of movement, attitudinal conversation and humor. The texture and surface imagery comes from my deep fascination and love of traditional fiber arts. I carve lines through colored slip, almost in the manner of embroidery, using nature motifs from medieval tapestries. The resulting force of repetitive line and design helps breathe life into these “almost-figures;” and creates an effect of “dressed in finery.”
© Sue Canizares