Andrea Piller

The sculptural clay vessel is a potent vehicle for my mark making and aesthetic. It is a foundation for my abstractions. The way I work is captivated by the the shifting seasons, and the land, sky and shorelines that surround me…

For example, a specific memento may be held, like a seed pod, examined and then contemplated upon, a souvenir to conjure memory and connect to people, place or event and subsequently to my emotional and political landscape. This preliminary work is a kind of impetus for me. It ignites my energy and fuels the processes I do as I form and shape a piece.

Hand building techniques are used, ie. slabs, pressing, and coiling. Layers of coloured slips and glazes are applied and fired in an electric kiln to cone six. I invite and seek the colours, forms and textures, strong and subtle that I have seen and felt from a place or sightline. Mastering clay materials to become a significant worthy document is a personal challenge and experimental journey.

My finished work acts as metaphor for human experience. Choosing clay as my medium is deliberate and pays attention to it’s history as craft and the ceramic studio movement in Canada.

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