Featured Artist David CraneFeb 07, 2014 - Feb 28, 2014

Curatorial Statement

Artist’s Reception: Friday, February 7, 2014

Exhibition Posted Online: Monday,February 10
by 10 AM Mountain Time

A Red Lodge Clay Center favorite, David Crane will share new works from his richly influenced sources with our audience in February.

“My ceramic work is part of the functional pottery tradition. The ideas in the work draw from ceramic and art precedents from a wide and diverse range of cultural aesthetics, regions, and periods. The historic cultural traditions of China, Japan, Europe, Native American along with 19th and 20th Century American art are all strong influences. More specifically the ceramic techniques and aesthetics of Song Dynasty Chinese, Oribe and Contemporary Japanese, Medieval and Contemporary English, Southwest Native American pottery and weaving, and Mission Style from the late 19th & early 20th Century Arts & Crafts Movement are of great interest. Without a doubt modern ceramics, sculpture and painting have also been a great influence and an inspiration.

“Along with these artistic references is the inescapable influence of the human form and that of landscape and environment. Pottery at its heart refers to the human scale through utilitarian form. However, the influences of landscape are often reflected in forms, colors and surfaces selected for use in the ceramics. My work reflects the experience of two very different environments, the Appalachian Mountains and the desert and mountains of the American Southwest.

“My goal is to create finely crafted, functional pottery that is well designed and dynamic. The aim of these designs is to create contrasting color and surface elements that work in harmony with the form. It is intended that this strong relationship of form and surface will lead to ceramic works that communicate a forthright confidence. For me, successful finished pots will be objects that are enjoyable to use and handle while being pleasing to look at and of lasting interest. Ultimately, works of this quality will enrich the users life.”