Now in the permanent collection of famed clothing historian Carma DeYong Anderson, this piece was made with a sodium rich glaze (Shino), and a high quality porcelain. The orange areas are the result of a wax application which disallowed the formation of surface crystals.
Among the more interesting and lesser-known case studies for Communism, is the city of Nauvoo, Illinois. Located on the Mississippi river, the city boasted a population larger than Chicago's in the 1840s. For a brief time, the city's dominant population of Mormons practiced a form of Communism dubbed “Consecration.” Though ultimately unsuccessful, the short attempt is a lesser-known case of an American sub-culture which had a hand at social equality. The text is a tear from the city's newspaper, “The Times and Seasons.” The white glaze on porcelain represents the intentions of the city's inhabitants, while the inconsistent application of the glaze and decals reflects the ultimate result of any society's inconsistency to care for it's poor. The piece was fired in cone 10 reduction.
Greek for “scraped again.” This was a term used by Cicero describing the erasing and reusing of a wax tablet, causing layers of text to be seen below the writing surface over time. During the Renaissance, notaries would use earlier Medieval vellum documents and “scrape” a portion of the original text in order to use them again, also resulting in a layering of texts. This piece, made with porcelain, features the texts of three different Italian Renaissance Artists—Fra Fillipo Lippi, Domenico Veneziano, and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The superimposed texts, which are interrupted only once by a coating of Copper Sulfate, symbolize the concept of layering as it pertains to art, life, and history. The great artists learned and built upon one another's talents, just as the modern artist learns from the ancients. The piece was reduction-cooled from cone 10.
Memories will often be sharp to us during their infancy, and cloud, or even change, with time. The foggy underlying blue text, made with Cobalt Chloride, dates a full 400 years earlier than the sharper black overlaying text, and is featured in it's mirror image. The light “bars” were also made with Cobalt Chloride, while the light green square to the right was made with a solution of Potassium Chloride. The porcelain cup was fired to Cone 10 in reduction.
The large porcelain platter features a slice of American History. The text is a document which circulated in various religious circles during the 1830s in Ohio, Texas, Missouri, and Illinois. In lieu of a clear cut heaven and hell, assigned based solely on an accumulation of ones actions, the document offers that behavior will place any individual under the protective umbrella of three distinct “kingdoms” in the eternities, and that they will receive any reward based on their own willingness to do so. The three squares represent the sets of governing laws for each kingdom. The olive leaves are images of leaves gleaned from Syracuse University's garden during spring cleaning on the university's campus in Florence, Italy. The piece was Fired in cone 10 reduction.