Gawaine Dart Abstract Sculpture - "Ceramic Box with Lid"  Stoneware Cream Glaze w/ Organic Attachments
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Gawaine Dart
"Ceramic Box with Lid" Stoneware Cream Glaze w/ Organic Attachments

1980-1989

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The rich tones of the stoneware clay come through the soft creamy glaze that drips over the surface like melted vanilla ice cream over red devil cake. There are incised marks on the clay reminiscent of marks left by tree insects under bark. This beautifully rendered ceramic box is perched on what appear to be little 1.5 inch lion feet. They give a special dignity to the piece. Of particular interest and commanding presence are the many forms attached to the lid and sides of the box. Are they twisted human figures, bent organic growth, climbing up or falling down? Whatever they are, they provide endless entertainment for the creative imagination. American Post War and Contemporary Artist, Gawaine Dart was a prolific potter and painter. Born in Canton, MI Artist and teacher Gawaine Dale Dart, completed degrees in Fine Art at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. In 1950, he married artist, teacher and musician Jane McAllister, who shared his passion for art history and travel. From 1957 to his retirement in 1985, he was Instructor of Ceramics and Watercolor at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, where he also served as Chairman of the Art Department from 1960 to 1973 and again in 1984-1985. He also had a prolific career as a studio artist. He exhibited his ceramics, painting and jewelry in several one-man shows around Michigan, including at the Hanamura Galleries, Detroit, and Habatat Galleries, Dearborn, in two-person shows with wife Jane M. Dart, and in numerous juried group shows throughout the Midwest. Among his commissioned works for churches, he completed Nine Stations of the Cross for St. John's Episcopal Church, Plymouth, MI, 1981, and Fourteen Stations of the Cross for St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Ypsilanti, MI, 1987. He was very active as board member for organizations devoted to the arts in Michigan, including the Michigan Craftsman Council, Michigan Potters Association, and the Pewabic Society.

Details

  • Artist
    Gawaine Dart (American)
  • Creation Year
    1980-1989
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 14.50 in. x W 9 in. x D 9 in.H 36.83 cm x W 22.86 cm x D 22.86 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Detroit, MI
  • Reference Number
    LU128615757031
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