Viscous Vessels




Sometimes you have to build something up and tear it down to get to the next level. Ceramic artist Sarah Burns wasn't content with her wheel-thrown forms. They were good. They were pretty. They were round, as perfectly round as a wheel-thrown form can be, but it wasn't until she began to alter the wheel-thrown shapes that the love affair began. Now Burns is excited about the evolution of her organic forms and the serendipity of color created by her soda ash kiln. Her green copper-glazed vessels appear to undulate in three dimensions, as if they were fired in a fluid state. Burns built a soda ash kiln after attending a North Country Studio workshop held at Bennington College in Vermont in 2004. A solution of water and soda ash is sprayed into the kiln at peak temperature, creating a variety of effects on the forms below. Glazes can be clear and smooth or the texture from the ash can float in and out to create a subtle orange peel effect. Burns champions the fact that chance becomes a partner in the design process. Her latest vessel forms are totally slab built, having permutated from wheel-thrown to altered wheel-work to the free-form vessels that are manipulated as the piece dries. Her evolution as an artist is not random, but a natural selection of clearly defined successful outcomes. Burns currently teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester and has several pieces in "Garden Imagery," currently on exhibition at Gallery 205 at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's headquarters in Concord. - Susan Laughlin
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. A Closer Look at NH's Own Seth Meyers
    The “Late Night” host returns to New Hampshire for a good cause
  2. Washington New Hampshire
    Washington is one of New Hampshire’s most overlooked towns, and it also happens to be one of...
  3. Pets to the Rescue
    Some animals are more than pets — they can comfort, teach and assist their humans in a number...
  4. Guide to Retirement Living and Continuing Care
    The concept of retirement and senior living is not what it once was.
  5. No Man's Land Between NH and Canada
    The tall tale(s) of two boundary markers
  6. Vermin Supreme
    Getting to know the fringe presidential candidate who has been running for office since 1992
  7. Preserving the Old Ways
    Winter logging by horse is obsolete, but North Country native is keeping it alive.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags