I love to dare to challenge established traditions by incorporating mixed media into the creation of Raku wall plaques.
Raku, a ceramic tradition that began in Japan in the 16th century, serves as inspiration because the fast firing technique is appealing to me as a contemporary artist. Even though I use the element of chance and the unintended effects that result, control and artistry are not absent from my original designs. My use of fabric impressed into the surface of the clay produces textures that are enhanced when the piece, hot from the kiln, is placed in a chamber of combustible materials. The resulting reduction atmosphere creates iridescent qualities on the glazed surface which are further incorporated into the total design of the piece through the use of metallic oil-based pencils and oil pastels. The unglazed surface area becomes a canvas upon which I can paint and draw. The addition of fiber, wood and glass or semi-precious stone beads pays homage to ancient cultures and unites the two and three dimensional aspects of the wall plaque. Contemporary pottery has dared me to challenge established traditions while exploring and experimenting for the sheer joy of discovering a new approach to the craft.
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Lynn Hilton Conyers
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HeART and Soil of the Shenandoah Valley Artisan Trail, site # 16
By Appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10-5pm
1205 Mt. Torrey Road
Lyndhurst, VA 22952