Clay Studio Tour

Eileen Gorman 

First test:  Album Display

8 photo(s) Updated on: 15 Jan 2021
  • Glowing Canyon, Fired to cone 8 in oxidation, 6.7” h x 7.5” w x 1.5 “ d. Water blasted in the dry clay stage to review different clay bodies embedded in the work before glazing and firing.
  • Two, 8” h x 10 “ w x 6 “ d, Made with multiple clay bodies, glazed with multiple cone glazes before firing at cone 9 in oxidation. This reveals different colored clays used in the construction of the
  • Wall, 17” w x 18” h x 1” d, High fired stoneware, glazed, with added wood ash, and multiple thickness of glazes from different cone levels. Fired to cone 8 in oxidation.
  • Cottonwood Platter, 2.5” h x 19” w x 10” d, High fire ceramics, stoneware, ox fired, glaze, engobe, ash
  • Fiery Butte, 15" h x 27" w x 21" l, High fire (cone 10) stoneware fired in oxidation, glaze and wood ash.
  • Red Bluff, 29” h x 31" w x 12" d, High fire ceramics, stoneware, oxidation fired, glaze, engobe, ash
  • Cottonwood Tunnel, 32" h x 28" w x 15" d, Highfire ceramics, handbuilt, oxidation fired cone 9, underglazes, stains
  • Stone Wall Vessel, 13” l x 6" h x 6" d, High fire (cone 10) stoneware fired in reduction, glaze and wood ash.

Artist Statement

Eileen Gorman, Santa Fe

The earth is made of the sand, stone and water, and these make up the landscapes. These key components also become components of clay. Clay can be turned into nature again for display in the landscape. My work is inspired by nature on both grand and extremely small scales. The special geological features of the world, particularly mountains and large vistas are one source of inspiration. My ceramic forms are intended to be installations, in the landscape; but serve as interior accents also. The sculptures provide a focal point, i.e. work inspired by the landscape, to be displayed in the landscape, reminding us to be aware of the need to conserve precious resources. Creating work, evoking vistas and visions, I focus on hand building in clay, with ceramic sculptures, reliefs and, less frequently, functional work decorated with landscape themes. The high temperature of the firing process used can be highly unpredictable and variable. This work for display in the landscape seems more and more important with every passing day. Landscaping in some locations, such as an arid climate, using a sculptural focal point that needs no water, inspiring contemplation, is important. Using durable stoneware that can withstand weather changes and ranges makes it possible to enhance the local view and honor the natural scenes. Functional and relief work made with similar inspiration and materials, also provides opportunities to explore nature and landscapes on a smaller scale. These can be explored and displayed where space is more limited, and can move concepts forward. 

Contact Information

Address:  Eileen Gorman Clay  

Email: eggorman@comcast.net

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