Veronique a Paris - Francoise Adnet

Jar with Horned Lid

Saggar-fired porcelain, 7 x 8 (in)

Veronique a Paris - Francoise Adnet

Jar with Horned Lid

Saggar-fired porcelain, 9 x 6.5 (in)

Veronique a Paris - Francoise Adnet

Small Bowl wTiny ft

Saggar-fired porcelain, 4 x 5 (in)

Veronique a Paris - Francoise Adnet

Smoke-Fired Vessel

Saggar-fired porcelain, 13 x 7 (in)

Veronique a Paris - Francoise Adnet

Small Round Pot

Saggar-fired porcelain, 5 x 6 (in)

Jean Wender

American
Practices in Kansas City, KS

Throwing a successful piece demands control over the medium, a strict adherence to a series of steps. Most of my work is the result of combining separately thrown sections, carefully joined by scoring, slipping and reshaping on the wheel. In the forming, I strive for simplicity and grace. The narrow neck is the final step, much like a period at the end of a sentence. As the pot begins to dry, I burnish it to ensure a smooth, inviting surface. For me, pottery must be both a tactile and visual art form. There is deep satisfaction in this practice of an ancient craft and the honing of a skill. So it must be the rebellious child in me, the would-be alchemist, who gets an exuberant joy out of taking these carefully constructed pots, nestling them in a bed of sawdust, minerals and wood scraps, and then setting them on fire. To see the flames leap up and smoke rise like an offering to an ancient pagan god thrills me. The anticipation of witnessing the marks left by the fire’s passage across a pot’s surface is intense. The uncertainty of what will result reminds me that life is unpredictable, sometimes disappointing, but often achingly beautiful.

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