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Chris Gustin
Vessel with Fold (0903)

2009

About

anagama wood fired Chris Gustin’s work is propelled by the age-old connection between clay and the body. His studio practice began in the 1970s with a production of functional, utilitarian wares and shifted gradually to the monumental sculptural vessels of today. Gustin’s work combines scale with gesture and surface to reference the figure; their folds, dimples, imperfections, and stances describe the process in which they were made, visceral and intuitive. There is a clear and direct sense of the hand in their form and shape. Though most of his work only alludes to function, Gustin uses the pot context as a means to abstraction. The shell of the vessel holds the invisible interior; Gustin manipulate his forms around that air, constraining it, enclosing it, or letting it expand and swell. To further investigate that relationship of material and maker, Gustin utilizes firing techniques. In 1995 Gustin built a wood-fired kiln on his property. Before that, he’d gas-fired his clay. The wood-fired kiln offers its own complexities. The kiln is fired for approximately a week straight, requiring a community of ceramicists to come together to chop wood, stoke the fire, and keep it burning for seven days. Ashes blow through, settle, and melt onto the clay. Gustin adds in glazes along with the fevered, vaporous dynamics of the kiln. This firing process results in a surface that is natural, organic, and aged. His work is included in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Archie Bray Foundation, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Detroit Institute of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mint Museum of Craft, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, to name a few.

Details

  • Dimensions

    H 32.5 in. x W 19 in. x D 18 in.

    H 82.55 cm x W 48.26 cm x D 45.72 cm

  • Gallery location
    Phoenix, AZ
  • Reference number
    LU137128218
  • Seller reference number
    201408272

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