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Jorie Berman presents a new series of ceramic works inspired by ocean life, specifically coral and sea jellies, which were fired in the anagama kiln at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. A group of dedicated artists gather together twice a year to glaze their work, stack the kiln, and stoke the fire for over 40 hours in order to achieve the wood-fired surface offered by this ancient Japanese firing process. The placement of the pieces in the kiln, the type of wood burned as fuel, the relative amount of oxygen flow through the kiln, and even the weather all affect the results. Flames lick through the kiln from the mouth to the chimney while fly ash from the wood gathers and melts on the wares, creating unique and varied results. Each piece in the kiln affects every other piece, thus, the communal effort and creative acts of all the participants is visible in the final works.
Exhibition Reception: Friday, July 20, 4 - 6 pm