The Perfect Plate | Juried by Sandy Simon: Aug 17 – Sep 14
The Perfect Plate | Juried by Sandy Simon
You may notice the preponderance of wood fired work in this show. There are many entries in this area. I am also drawn to it. Because surface decoration can be challenging, I recognize that many potters use wood fire as a crutch; therefore the "luck of the fire" plays an ultra important role. Consistent good results, however, require knowledge and skill as well as an intimate relationship with the kiln. I may have dis-allowed an entry that was "good" yet, as only one entry, it was unknown to me whether it was luck or skill.
Color or texture which screams "look at me" isn't what grabs me. Subtlety of surface and strength of form align best with my sensibilities. I welcome a quiet approach, where the viewer or user can feel an affinity with the clay. If interfacing with food isn't the intent of the maker, that's OK, yet, I believe a plate should be an invitation to come closer, or to "invite use" either visually, or tactilely.
Jurying a plate show by slides is a little bit like jurying a painting show, in that one can't see the dimensions, or the "line" quality of the surface, or feel the weight. Yet, all of these elements are important to a plate. A good plate can affect the feeling in a room or enhance the food the is served on it. For me, a good plate offers a collaboration and is not, in and of itself, an installation.
Sandy Simon is a potter and owner of TRAX Ceramic Gallery in Berkeley, California.