With Caution. 2018
With Caution, is an abstracted biologically inspired form which tests and defies certain ceramic techniques. It challenges what is visually relatable in the natural world and creates juxtaposition in its elements, coloration and texture, which creates energy in the piece. It is intended to evoke a sense of familiarity through texture, within the evolution of the grow pattern present in the building process, and in the twisting gesture of the overall form.
Emerge, was pushed and pulled in different directions in its firings and formation that tested what the material was willing to do. Gravity in the form was made more visible through intentionally over firing elements. I layered glazes in order to over fire and under fire them to build up color and textural information. I used predictable flaws with intention. There is a sense of familiarity through the texture and gesture of the elements, while at the same time expressing a sense of unease through the glaze flow and the off balance nature of the sculpture.
Lay Open. 2018
Lay Open, is an abstracted biological form that tests the arch, and pliability I could achieve in the gesture of a sculptural object. It provided an openness, vulnerability, and reach that can be physically relatable to the natural world, but still otherworldly in its shape.
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Meaghan Gates is a California born ceramic artist who received her BFA from California State University, Chico and her MFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as a Distinguished Art Fellow. She has worked on projects at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, Sanbao Ceramic Institute in China, in collaboration with Ammachi Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) in southern India, and across the United States. Her ceramics sculptures have been shown and collected both nationally and internationally. Currently, she continues to develop new forms and is an adjunct professor at the University West Florida.