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Sculpture, Clay on Clay
Size: 4 W x 3 H x 3 D in
Helen Kunzman is a potter who creates wheel-thrown and altered vessels combining the aesthetics of East and West - particularly Japan with its interplay of craftsmanship and raw nature. She is influenced by the profound tea bowls of Japan as well as British ceramic artists Lucie Rie and Hans Coper and the post-minimalist visual artist Eva Hesse. She states "often I make pots in groups and they can form a kind of family inevitably containing some eccentric characters and some broken individuals but most survive the process. They are my personal memento mori and my reminder of the cycle of life and its fragility". Helen Kunzman has also been an art conservator of early artworks on paper and specialist in the field of old master drawings and the Rajput and Islamic paintings of India since 1982. She is the co-founder of Artifacts Collections of New York. She lives and works in South Salem, NY.
Sculpture:Clay on Clay
Size:4 W x 3 H x 3 D in
Ready to Hang:No
Currently I'm finding myself drawn back, once again, to shapes which allude to the rounded form of the egg. I believe that a universe is contained in that simple form - so round and so deep. For me the wheel is integral in the process of creation. I begin with the pure form of the thrown pot and build onto it a flaked and broken surface texture almost archeological in appearance. A crackled egg-like form emerges. I sometimes add coils, stretching them until broken but still intact and surviving the process. I create my own glaze recipes. I want the clay body to come through, the glaze being like a skin rather than a dense cover. I believe that the function of the glaze is to maximize form thus bringing the pot to its best level.
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