Dean Smith's solo show exemplifies his mastery of matt crystalline glaze. Look carefully at the seamless additions of fused glass. I particularly like his vertical, 'pillowy-soft' vessel to show of his sublte glaze palette & crystal patterning.
4-22 April 2017
Alcaston Gallery11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3065 Australia
|Entombment 11 (detail), 2017, Fine stoneware, porcelain, thrown hand-built, matt crystalline glaze, fused-glass enamel, h.26cm|
|Pink Terrace, 2017, fine stoneware, feldspathic glaze, pigment glass enamel-fused, gold leaf and pigment applied|
|Self Preservation 11, 2017, Cordierite refractor, Kangaroo bone, feldspathic glaze, glass enamel & pigment-fused|
|Permanence, 2017, Fine stoneware, porcelain, thrown hand-built, matt crystalline glaze, fused-glass enamel|
|Primitive Equations11, 2017, stoneware, porcelain, thrown hand built metallic glaze, fused-glass enamel, oil paint, h. 22cm|
|Black 11 , 2016 fine stoneware, micro crystalline glazes, glass enamels, applied gold leaf, h. 61cm|
The Pink Terrace was once a large and beautiful silica deposit in New Zealand, created by chance and destroyed by chance, possibly by an eruption of Mount Tarawera. A place exists and then doesn’t exist. For this exhibition I have made some slab-built vessels, moving away from the familiarity of the wheel-thrown form as the sole basis for my work. As I build the work my thoughts are around structures, chambers or tombs - permanent structures housing the impermanent/ the permanent structure erased by the forces of nature/beauty and fragility.
- Dean Smith, 2017 (from website)