My most recent body of work features geometric surface designs applied to both wheel-thrown and hand-built forms from stoneware clay. Here, I am inspired by my former mentor/instructor, master potter, Dean Strawn (1920-1994). I give primary importance to creating a design that fits and compliments the form. Secondly, I aim for a feeling of movement and energy within a sense of harmony. An extension of this goal is my commitment and interest in the “contrast” of elements. Curvilinear vs. angular lines usually dominate my geometric designs. Variation in value, color, size, and texture are also emphasized.
These projects are each unique and labor intensive. They lend themselves to experimenting with various techniques including incising, carving, texturing, and most recently,stretching the clay. When the incised lines repeatedly open wide then recede from the stretching process, motion becomes emphasized. I also utilize various glazes, engobes, underglazes, and different firing methods, although predominately I fire to cone 10 reduction in a propane fueled updraft kiln.
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BARBARA KRISTIN VOORHIES