NGJ Summer Exhibition: Norma Rodney Harrack

Norma Rodney Harrack

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Norma Rodney Harrack – Folded

“Folded” – a slab-constructed ceramic work is part of a series that explores the traditional ‘envelope’ form.  A template of the form to be constructed was cut from a slab of clay; the two opposing sides were then joined at the sides and further joined to stand upright on a small base; the form was then paddled into flatness. The work conjures up architecture, providing bold use of line, mass and form.

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Norma Rodney Harrack – Mountain and Rain

“Mountain and Rain” – a rectangular slab work with undulating edge – ‘Mountain’. The lower sections of the flattened sides of the form are punctuated with repetitive low-relief linear striations moving down to the end of the base – ‘rain’.  “Mountain and Rain” manifests my love of nature. Nature’s forces continue to pique my interest and to influence the trajectory of my work. The inspiration I derive from nature also stimulates my creativity and allows greater dimension of my work. 

These hand-built forms are enhanced through my glaze palette of traditional whites and grays and textural qualities to create sculptural ceramics with modern sensibility.

NGJ Summer Exhibition: David Pinto

David Pinto

David Pinto - Fractured and Internalize

David Pinto – Internalize (left) and Fractured (right)

The “Soul Serving“ series creates a dialog between our ancestors and our present day ritual.  Ritual can be as simple as sharing a meal or as elaborate as the most complex ancient religious practice.  This “Soul Serving” series celebrates energy beyond the physical. Each vessel is infused with a creative spirit.  These clay forms, fired over days, invites us to elevate beyond our fast-paced world of convenience, and connect to the spiritual nourishment of one’s soul.

My work develops in series where a conversation unfolds between the works I have already created, my inspiration from nature, feelings, concepts and the new pieces in process. #elevateyoureveryday #pintopottery #ceramicart

Instagram: @pintopottery
Website: www.jamaicaclay.com

NGJ Summer Exhibition: Jag Mehta

Jag Mehta

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I start on a new ceramic piece with very vague idea as to its shape or its finished look. However it very rarely turns out like my original idea. As I work with a  piece of clay in my hands it comes alive and leads me through each step, particularly when I am working on a round or cylindrical piece. Near the end clay completely takes over and guides me to the finished final look. Many a time my pieces may give an organic and unfinished look.

My ceramic pieces are mostly done by coil method on a  small nonelectric wheel, similar to a Lazy Susan, which I slowly move by hand to give it desired shape to clay.

I have no formal education, diploma or degree in study of ceramics/arts. I know very little about glazes ( which in itself is a science and art), I use oxides and underglaze colours which do not need much knowledge, experimentation or experience. 

 

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Jag Mehta – No 2 – Done in Japan

I have been doing ceramics for over 42 years as a serious hobby with solo, joint and group shows in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, India and London, UK. 

I do have degrees from Cornell University and Columbia University. No wonder I am called “Odd Man Out”.

NGJ Summer Exhibition: Melanie Henriques

Melanie Henriques

Melaine Henriques - Among the Vine and Vase - NG146

Melaine Henriques – Among the Vine (left) and Vase (right)

“Over twenty years ago, Melanie took a pottery class just for fun and was hooked. After a hiatus to start a family, she returned to clay at the New Art Center in Newton, Massachusetts, a community art education space. She decorates her hand built functional pieces primarily using sgraffito – a technique for carving designs into the clay – creating items which beg to be touched. Nature is integral in her work, especially trees, vines, flowers and living creatures. Melanie enjoys the meditative process of working with clay, and the camaraderie of the studio. Most recently, she has been exploring sculpture of people and animals through a class at Harvard’s Ceramics Program.”