Robert Silverman, ‘Vases in Bowl ’, Bentley Gallery

About Robert Silverman

Trained in Japan under the master potter Samejima Saturo, Robert Silverman creates large-scale, paper-thin porcelain tiles renowned for their brilliant glaze. He achieves extraordinary translucency with highly complex glazing techniques, revealing a deep understanding of chemistry. “With an intimate understanding of the medium and its process, I tend to think of solutions that are idiosyncratic to the material,” he says. His textured surfaces recall Braille, Morse code, and other visual representations of information, stemming from his interest in geography and art. In the “Shoji” series, inspired by Japanese panels, he uses diffuse color and droplets to create lyrical, abstract floral motifs that seem to bloom and wilt. In his “Versailles Collection”, he uses metallic glazes to enhance the reflectivity of the bubble-covered surface in homage to the iconic palace where, among other notable occurrences, a treaty was signed to protect the provenance of French champagne.

American, b. 1956, Port Jefferson, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York