Sunday, 16 April 2017

Dean Smith - Pink Terraces

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 Gallery
11 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) 

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