John Quimby, Lyme, NH
Medium: Clay - mugs, platters, dishes, teapots, vessels, vases, ornaments, cairns
Early on I became fascinated by the Japanese technique called "Neriage" (meaning literally "to mix"), which employs various methods of combining different colored clay bodies into patterns, from which one builds a pot or vessel. Unlike more traditional ceramics, which utilize glazes and slips for surface decoration, in Neriage the decoration is built right into the clay which forms the pot. This little niche of the clay world has now become my primary focus. I find that I am drawn to natural variations in clays as they are dug from the earth: browns, tans, gray, cream: earth tones, literally. To this palette I add some blue, black and yellow, as well as iron red. Although most of my work in ceramics was initially focused on the traditional ware of potters (plates, bowls, mug and vases), I found that the scraps of trimmed patterned clay could be well utilized as buttons! [ed. note: And cairn sets that are great for anyone's desk!]
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