From Restaurant Decor to Solo Show: Cassie Griffin’s Ceramics Make their Gallery Debut
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A departure from her functionalist roots, this new work showcases Griffin’s exponential growth as a ceramist but also her desire to push the boundaries of the testy medium. “This summer I’ve stepped out of myself; I’ve been embracing and pushing the risk involved with firing and the variations of chance,” says Griffin. “I’ve been adding organic materials to pieces, sunflower seeds, pastas, coffee grinds, chickpeas, to burn out in the firing and create an interesting negative space. I'm hoping for some explosions and amazing aggressive textures.”
Surveying Griffin’s hunched creations, the fruits of her curiosity are readily apparent. The multi-colored forms feel at once organic and manufactured, giving them a surreal quality that has become paramount to the sculptor’s aesthetic. In addition to her trials with the kiln, Griffin is also taking more risks with her finishes. “I’ve been glazing like a wild woman, attempting to be completely excessive with the materials, layering so much that it slides off and pools like melting cheese,” she says. “With each work there is a great degree of chance as the combinations of colors, glazes, and stains can result in a failed outcome, however, this element of chance or unknowing often drives the work forward into places that are difficult to predict. This isn’t to say I rely on chance—but I do embrace it.”