Posted by: groundsforsculpture | September 11, 2010

Integrated Arts Featured Artwork by Caron Chess

The Student Exhibition, Integrated Arts: Tapping into the Creative Spirit closes Sunday, September 12 in the Education Gallery.  This first student exhibition, features artwork created during our adult workshops held between August 2009 and July 2010.

Today’s featured artwork and blog is by student and artist Caron Chess who participated in Debbie Reichard’s Pit-Fired Ceramics course last fall.

Featured Artwork: Ir/Cluster

By Guest Blogger Caron Chess, Student Exhibition Participant
Caron Chess, ircluster, 2009. Pit-fired Ceramics. Photo by Susan Intner.
Ir/cluster is a memorial to my father, Irwin Chess, who loved my work and provided me with honest, useful critiques.

I created these pots in Grounds For Sculpture’s Pitfiring Workshop, taught by Debbie Reichard.

Most pots you see in art galleries or craft stores are glazed, which gives them color and seals them so they can hold anything, including liquids.  In contrast, markings on my pots are from smoke, not from a glaze; as a result, they cannot hold liquids.   The dark areas of the pots are marks from a fire in a drum filled with leaves and sawdust that burned for 24 hours.  The light areas did not have contact with the fire.   Artists spend years learning how to use fire to affect the color and shape of the markings.

Pitfiring is a process that suits my pots. They are intentionally asymmetric.  I texture them with the edge of a shell and with my fingernails.

Needless to say, playing with fire takes some instruction.  I have wanted to pitfire for years and am pleased that I can now pitfire without Debbie’s supervision.  My husband is a volunteer firefighter, so no need to worry.

The next Education Gallery Exhibition is Artistic Ability: Arts Access Program Exhibition on view from September 25-November 14, 2010.



  1. Lovely, they look captivating. I especially like the textures and tones and relationship between the 3 parts.

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