Raku Sculpture

Artist Statement

TanyaTyree

Artist Statement

My new series of raku fired clay forms are hand-built sculptures created primarily from flat slabs of clay with some altered wheel-thrown elements.  Simplified forms with intricate surface developement,  each  sculpture is incised with abstract drawings that reveal it’s mystery.  Breaking free from traditional ideas my clay works have developed a spontaneous and fresh new life. The pieces are bisque fired and then glazed with copper and colored glazes. The glazed pieces are fired in a small gas kiln, removed while red hot, burned, and reduced in combustible materials, and quickly plunged in coldwater. This violent process is called “Raku” and it mysteriously alters the glazes by flashing unpredictable hues and tones, making each work unique in form, design and surface. My goal is to create works that convey a mood, connecting you to its mystery.

I’ve been working with clay since 1992 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 1994. I am currently a full time artist and exhibit in art shows across the country. I am the sole creator of each work from its original design conception to completion. My raku clay works are an evolution in process with each form being a unique continuum of my artistic destination. Please visit my website to learn more about my work and exhibitions.

2 Art Studios – Tanya Tyree

161 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920

tanyatyree.com

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