Ashes to Ashes

Whether it comes from the hands of Prometheus or the back of a turtle, clay is the starting point of many myths. We’ve selected work that keeps it in its most natural, raw state.

• Alison Keogh’s Le Terre is a checkerboard of clay applied to paper squares – some flat, some slightly curling at the edges, and a few bowls in between. As a whole, the composition is reminiscent of desert landscapes viewed from above.

• Jim Denevan’s Sand Drawings are geometric designs sprawling over Northern California beaches. The tide and wind gradually erases the hours of walking and drawing with a stick.

• Charles Hilton’s Ceramic Bowl has an uneven shape and earthy glaze that could pass for a piece of found sandstone.

• Ann Cutting’s Coffee Cup has a rustic-looking glaze of crackling browns and clay reds.

• Fabrizio Rocchi’s Necklace suspends a glazed ceramic pendant from a hand-wrought copper clasp and leather cord.

• This Button by Made OF Australia is made of Australian clay that’s raku fired among organic materials, giving it a slightly speckled surface.

• Samantha Morris Tripp’s Pocket Vase has a golden glow from shino glaze on red clay, and it’s perfect for displaying a small flower arrangement.

• This Pot by Jackalope Art Gallery has a natural finish that makes it look like it was exposed to the elements for thousands of years. The clay was fired in a hand dug pit that allowed local combustibles and minerals to create its fiery surface.

• Thomas Satcher’s Torso is sculpted from Italian clay pressed into a cracked, broken up finish.

• Gloria Czarnecki’s Tribal is smoke fired in sunset colors and has a shape that resembles a warrior shield.

• Christie Cone’s Pods are made of clay imprinted with markings from tree bark, branches and leaves.