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Form and Figure

Irene Lederer LaCroix

October 2014



Form and Figure New work by

Irene Lederer LaCroix October 1, 2014 – November 4, 2014 Frog Hollow Gallery, Burlington, VT


Frog Hollow Craft Association Inc FROG HOLLOW IS DEDICATED TO THE EXPOSURE AND APPRECIATION OF VERMONT FINE ART AND CRAFT. THROUGH SALES, EXHIBITIONS, AND EDUCATION, IT EXISTS TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF THE ESSENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF THE HANDCRAFTED.

Staff Rob Hunter Executive Director and Curator

Founder Allen Johnson

Frog Hollow Craft Association Board of Directors Brad Rabinowitz- President Susan Raber Bray - Vice President Carol MacDonald - Secretary Roy Feldman - Treasurer Rachel Morton Lynne Bond

Frog Hollow Gallery Board of Directors Liz Lawrence - President Brad Rabinowitz- Vice President Lawrence Kruse - Treasurer Kevin Ruelle - Secretary




“FORM AND FIGURE�

The sculptures and vessels I have created for this exhibition are new works, a departure from what has been done before. Having no regard for function, the forms are a search for beauty and an effort to make tangible an expression of growth and perhaps decay as well; metaphors for the natural world. After many years of making highly decorated traditionally shaped pottery, my vessels became much looser and asymmetrical, more organic in form. When fired in a saggar filled with a variety of combustible materials and chemicals, the high heat and volatile atmosphere in this container leave random marks of color that enhance the forms. My sculptures focus on the metamorphosis between figurative and abstract forms and where they intersect. I create expressive pieces that are reflective of the manner in which things grow, twist and undulate such as leaves, branches, roots, and bones. As they grow, so do they erode with soft curving lines and edges. Each part of the sculpture is elegant and flowing, like water, wind, music, or dance movements in both the negative and the positive spaces emphasized by stark white or black surfaces. We are part of the natural world and we grow in the same way. The whole form depicts some aspect of the human condition and its interaction with the natural world, either as part of it or at times the attempt to free oneself from it, a symbiosis or a struggle. Clay is the perfect medium to represent our interconnectedness with Nature. It is earth, water, and fire and an integral part of the human endeavor to record our presence. – Irene Lederer LaCroix



Vessels


FF04, 2014 Saggar Fired Clay 16” x 8” x 6” $650 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF07, 2014 Saggar Vessel Bird Series “S” neck 13” x 6” x 6.5” $375 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF08, 2014 Saggar Vessel 11.5” x 9” x 4” $300 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF12, 2014 Saggar Vessel 7” x 6” x 3.5” $165 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF14, 2014 Saggar Vessel 8.5” x 6” x 4” $250 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF13, 2014 Flat Saggar Vessel 10.5” x 5” x 3.5” $175 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF15, 2014 Saggar Vessel with Verticle Grooves 5” x 3.5” x 2” $75 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF17, 2014 Saggar Vessel Bird Series Straight Neck 12” x 6” x 5” $350 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF03, 2014 Saggar Vessel 15” x 13” x 8.5” $650 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF18, 2014 Saggar Vessel Bird Series with Crust Spots 12” x 6” x 4.5” $375 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF20, 2014 Saggar Vessel Round with Crust Spots 6” x 6” x 2.5” $250 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF21, 2014 Saggar Vessel with Small Holes at Opening 10” x 6” x 6” $195 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF23, 2014 Saggar Vessel Bird Series Curly Neck 7” x 6” x 4.5” $185 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF19, 2014 Saggar Vessel Diamond Shape 4” x 4” x 2” $100 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF22, 2014 Saggar Vessel Round with Square Hole 9” x 9” x 3.5” $350 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF24, 2014 Saggar Vessel Bird Series 7” x 5.5” x 3.5” $150 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF25, 2014 Saggar Vessel 7” x 4.5” x 2.5” $125 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF05, 2014 Square Saggar Vessel 10.5” x 10” x 3.5” $350 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF01, 2014 Narrow Saggar Vessel with Lid & Finial 32” x 15” x 14” $850 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF09, 2014 Saggar Vessel 10” x 8” x 5” $275 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF02, 2014 High Wide Saggar Vessel Small Opening 16” x 13.5” x 6.5” $750 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



FF26, 2014 Saggar Vessel Large Twist 23” x 16” x 17” $1500 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix




Tiles


FF33, 2014 Saggar Fired Clay Tile 5.5” x 5.5” $200 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix

FF32, 2014 Saggar Fired Clay Tile 5.5” x 5.5” $200 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix

FF35, 2014 Saggar Fired Clay Tile 9.5” x 9.5” $225 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix

FF34, 2014 Saggar Fired Clay Tile 12.5” x 11” $250 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix




Sculptures


Ascent, 2014 White Stoneware Clay 14” x 13” x 12” $2500 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



It's Complicated, 2014 White Stoneware Clay 14” x 14” x 16” $3000 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix x



Emerging People, 2014 White Stoneware Clay 22” x 14” x 13” $3500 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



Symbiosis, 2014 White Stoneware Clay 32” x 15” x 14” $6500 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



Perseverance, 2014 White Stoneware Clay 16” x 14” x 14” $3000 Courtesy of Irene Lederer LaCroix



SAGGAR FIRING The altered wheel thrown and hand built vessels shown in this catalogue are burnished before they are bisque fired. Burnishing produces a shiny unglazed surface on the pots. This technique is similar to Native American pottery as well as Greek pottery of the 5th Century BC. Once bisque fired, all the vessels are placed in a saggar (a clay or brick container). The saggar contains salt, sawdust, oxides, and combustible material which are placed around the pieces. The sealed saggar is then fired to 1900 degrees or higher and then cooled slowly. The volatile atmosphere in the saggar leaves marks and flashes of rich color on the hot clay body.


Frog Hollow Gallery Catalgue Produced by: Frog Hollow Gallery, 2014 Cover Image: Catalogue Design by: Rob Hunter


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