Elizabeth Strasser

“My main focus in these ceramic pieces is to reveal the beauty of gestural forms in clay by contrasting those forms with more controlled elements.

“The pieces usually start with a wheel-thrown base.  I build from this traditional form, adding clay sections, some colored with oxides, to create passages of surface interest. I often carve and subtract clay or add other wheel-thrown elements to support the formal and decorative contrasts in shape, color and surface. Because I was trained as a painter, I use the clay in a painterly way.  The studied, controlled elements, which can be seen as rational and measured, play against more spontaneous, less consciously manipulated marks and shapes.”