John Foster

"The figurative pieces demonstrate what the metaphysical self might look like: not so organized, proportionate, or stable. Instead, elements of being off balance and disproportionate are reflected."

John Foster ceramicsJohn Fosters work focuses on exploring the human condition. The fragmented appearance of his platters and vases, as well as the convoluted coloration of his figurative ceramics sculptures, invoke the mystical and often uncontrollable disassembly of the psyche.

The pieces begin as whole forms which Foster covers with white terra sigillata and burnish them. After theyve been fired, he breaks them and divides them into fragments. He colors the disassembled pieces individually, using a flashing, or raku technique. He then reassembles them to generate designs of contrast and complexity.

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