Fossils and Artifacts

More sculptural in nature, my Fossils and Artifacts series is almost exclusively slab- and coil-built platters, serving bowls and freestanding sculpture, some of which can be functional for use as vases. Most pieces are composed of several torn slabs joined with coils and impressions. Carvings are deep and, again, representative of shapes found in nature, particularly shards of shells. I use multiple glazes and slips to create a complex landscape of colors – mostly earth-tones with gloss and matte textures on gray-brown clay. The sculptural pieces in particular are “subtractive”; some carvings remove layers of clay, while some cut all the way through the clay wall, leaving holes and gaps. These are a sub-series called “What Remains.” 

"What Remains I" fossil sculpture
"What Remains II," fossil sculpture
fossil bowl
fossil bowl in memory of Sally Crain-Jager
fossil bowl
fossil bowl
fossil platter
manta bowl
unfurling vase
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© 2018 by Laura Clemons at Simply Functional Stoneware, Cookeville, Tennessee

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