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Rosemary Herr

An angle, a curve, the flow of the form … the eye follows what the hand has created.  In this way the onlooker is drawn in, stepping onto the path and into the individual journey from which each piece is created.  My work is an examination of form, mixing the practicality of function with the heart of the soul.  A piece must have life and connection to the earth from whence the clay itself began.  Often, ideas and inspiration come when I’m away from the studio.  In the forest, where deeply chiseled lines in the bark of giant trees or a patch of tall grass swaying in the wind, hint of texture.  In the high desert, where the soil beneath my feet and the clear sky above are rich with color that inform a simple palette.  I pay attention to such serendipitous prompts.  My mind stores these visions, and upon return to the studio, they challenge me to bring them to life again in clay and glaze.  Currently I am simplifying my ceramic work, focusing on the reduction of these natural inspirations into the essence of each piece.  Not rejecting the literal, but asking what is the indispensable quality I want to convey.  Often, as I approach the work, I do not know – and it’s only in the making that I discover the intrinsic quality of an individual piece.An angle, a curve, the flow of the form … perhaps a color or texture reminiscent of the glory of nature.  The eye follows what the hand has created.  My hope is that my own visual prompts act as outstretched hands, inviting the viewer to step into the journey with me.

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