Seven ceramic vessels created from a wide variety of clay bodies, hand built, carved, inscribed and painted.
Working with clay, gut, and metal, American sculptor Heather Allen Hietala evokes journeys through time. ‘The boat and paddle’ become a vessel for personal and collective journeys. The works shift from boat forms to scrolls, the journey physicially referenced on the one hand, and documented and handed down as an inheritance on the other.
Allen Hietala’s work has been shown in numerous venues in the US, France and Singapore, and is held in diverse collections. She has taught and lectured in the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal.
About this work she writes:
7 ceramic vessels, 8 ceramic/steel/encaustic instruments of motion
The vessels are created of a wide variety of clay bodies, hand-built, carved, inscribed, painted with layers of under-glaze and oxides that are then washed off. The ones in this grouping are salt, salt-soda or wood fired. The metal stitches are made of steel welding rod and fired with the piece. Some of the vessels have inscribed words or 23 kt gold inside.
The vessels are hung centered vertically, with the middle of each vessel lining up horizontally. The vessels are hung approximately with 8 1/2" - 9” between the individual vessels.