current exhibition: March 30 - April 29
Shifting Sight/Site: A. Blair Clemo Solo Show
The work in this exhibition began while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the
Jingdezhen International Studio, China in June, 2016. I went to this residency
without a plan, intent on experimenting with new processes, materials and new points of inquiry into utilitarian pots.
The forms began with discarded factory molds, salvaged from an abandoned
ceramic manufacturing complex in Jingdezhen scheduled for demolition. These implements of industrial mass-production became a structure for individualized handwork.
Slip trailed concentric circles mark the motion of my hand as it traces the motion of
the potter’s wheel.
Dashed lines mimic punctuations, linear patterns impressed into pottery, found on
nearly every continent and dating back at least 20,000 years.
They are inlayed with slip, but not Mishima. Decorative slip inlayed into form.
Blue and white is no longer the exclusive language of one culture, but the ubiquitous, global language of porcelain itself. Both ancient and contemporary.
Visible color spectrums are part of our universal human experience with color. Witnessed by all, but invented by none.