CECI N’EST PAS UNE ASSIETTE
(translation: "This is not a plate")
Each piece is a study of pure form, color and surface. If it also can be used for something, this is simply in addition, to make the design and fabrication more challenging, and more satisfying as an achievement. While some of this work takes forms of traditional objects - cups, vases, etc, - this is a ruse. I am looking for beauty.
For me, glaze can be among the most beautiful things in the world. A pot is a format for the glaze. My glazes and design elements are inspired by Ancient Chinese Monochromes. My intention is to celebrate their legacy. These glazes are my original formulas, mostly following principles discovered or perfected during the Song dynasty.
I graduated from the Design School at California Institute of the Arts in 1972 in Valencia, CA (B. F. A.) with a concentration in ceramics and produced a master’s degree (M. A.) in ceramics at New Mexico Highlands University the following year. My master’s project was on high-temperature copper red glaze.
In the past several years I have reconnected with my former employer, Robert Weiss, and we have helped each other in our related but very different ceramic work. Robert has helped me add monitoring devices to my kiln, which has been crucial to my glazes. He has also welcomed me into his studio, where I have produced part of this work. I have invented the compositions of some of Robert's crystalline glazes, and I composed a new white glaze for him to use on the insides of his pieces. This has been a nice two-way collaboration. Go to www.weissltd.com to see his work.
Photographs on these pages are by Lenny Siegel, Robert Weiss and Michael Rosen, u. o. n.