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Built and Sculpted Clay
by Christopher Maschinot, USA

 

 

This Atlanta-born artist launches himself into a creative rebirth by delving into an exploration of identity, expressed through powerful symbols executed in the unique technique that he has developed over the last several years.

The new series notably features monumental 'head' vases and planters, based on the Southern tradition of the "face jug". Originating in Black slave culture in the mid-1800's, largely in South Carolina and Georgia, by the late 19th century the style had been appropriated by white ceramicists as well. As anthropologist and author Robert Hunter states “no other category of American ceramics blurs the social and cultural boundaries between white and black like the face jug”. In a historically charged new era of cultural reckoning, Christopher embraces a motif with complex references to culture and identity to celebrate change. Combined with leaves, symbols of life, growth and celebration, and phoenix-like flames, his new vessels exude charismatic energy.

Christopher’s forms and symbols are created using his signature technique of applied ridges that are then scraped to a sharp, triangular profile. Theses bold, deeply gouged lines result in a mesmerizing and graphic presentation

 

 


44cm.H x 46W x 33D / 17.75"H x 18"W x 13"D


49.5cm.H x 42D / 19.5"H x 16.5"Dia


51cm.H x 30.5D / 20"H x 12"Dia