We, Us, You, Me 3. 2017
The gatherings at my grandparents’ home were large with close and distant relatives, friends, and people who claimed to be related but you were never sure how. With that many people in such a small house, it was always too warm. There was no escape from the crowd or the conversation. You had to be telling a story or listening to one. The layers of stories grew louder as the nights went on. This is what I remember; this is what is gone.
This chair is inspired by the style of chairs from my grandparents’ home. It is made from earthenware and uses slip and glaze to give color.
12” x 14” x 35”
Moving On, Seperately. 2017
Made out of stoneware this china cabinet represents the aging of memories and how they may not always be as perfect as we might have actually experienced or vice versa. The memory of this china cabinet holds more hope for the future than the actual object. In this depiction of the presumably valued heirloom, unfired porcelain china is stored inside. This china was implanted with grass seed and allowed to grow, showing that as one memory fades, falls apart, and becomes unappealing, new memories await as the china continues to live.
stoneware, porcelain, grass seed, steel, wood, 29” x 10” x 72”
Note: The text above was written by the Artist. No modification was made by C.O.C.A.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Alexander Thierry began working in clay while in high school. He attended the Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. During his time at Truman State, he received a B.A. in Painting, B.F.A. in Ceramics, and an M.A. in Visual Art Education. After graduation, Thierry traveled to Oak Harbor, Washington to teach high school pottery and design. While attending the University of Kansas for his M.F.A., Thierry began thinking about memory and the many ways memory can be displayed. Focusing on past, present, and future memories, Thierry explored the different characteristics of clay and how easily they could relate to the exploration of memory. Work of this nature has been shown all across the United States in galleries and museums.