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Post-modern Vase Handmade by ASH WORKS High-Fired Porcelain Vase, NY USA 1991

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Created by Anne Schiesel-Harris and Phillip Harris at ASH WORKS, this 1991 porcelain vase embodies the post-modern design ethos. Its cylindrical form serves as a canvas for a pattern of spirals and zigzag lines, reminiscent of motifs prevalent during the transition from the 1980s to the 1990s. The monochrome color scheme emphasizes the graphic quality of the decoration.

Embossed signature under the base: ASH 1991

Diam: 2.5" x H 6.5"


The Harris were describing their work this way:

"These pieces are handbuilt from thin slabs of high-fired porcelain clays. This porcelain is lightweight, durable"

"What do we think about? What is this work about? It makes reference to many things...a union of geometric and natural forces...the vastness and intimacy of space...spatial movement topography...other-worldliness.. aerial scapes... clouds... mud... water... tactile richness... composition..."

"Each stage in the process of working with clay presents creative possibilities. In their final form each piece makes reference to these different stages. Each piece has its own history. Initially the working process is spontaneous and immediate. The work reveals how it is constructed, with seams and overlaps, and that it is made with a quickness and ease, not labored over. The surface motif begins when patterns and textures are rolled into slabs of wet clay. References to compositions of landscapes and celestial-scapes begin to emerge.

In contrast to this spontaneous beginning, the final glazing is more deliberate. The compositional "imprint" becomes the structure for drawing and painting the surface. At this point we think of the work as three-dimensional drawing. Each piece has a unique surface with unique expressive possibilities. Color, texture and value contrast are used to create spatial relationships which evoke a sense of mystery. The individual life of each piece takes form.

In this final form the work's expressive quality and its function go "hand in hand". Through use, the form revised to perform its function with ease. Ultimately, the work is made to be looked at, to be touched and to be used."

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