- Fine Art
- Pinnacles Figure
William Schwob (2014)
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69" x 11.5" x 14.5"
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“My most recent work involves wood fired clay, one of the most basic of all materials, combined with a process that matches the medium perfectly and resonates with the subject material of the human form. In my exploration of the human form I expose the anatomy and combine invented architectural structure in a way that suggests both the fragility and strength of the human condition. My interest in Japan in the early 90’s to the ceramic centers of Bizen and Shigaraki where I first encountered their beautiful ceramic works with their amazing surfaces and patinas of earth colors created by wood firing in large anagama kilns. The process is a collaboration between conscious intent and the unpredictable nature of wood firing. Initially, I model the clay directly, working with its specific characteristics and limitations. Once a form is completed, the clay is allowed to dry and then bisque fired. I use no glazes on these works. The wood firing takes anywhere from 8 to 12 days and reaches temperatures of 2500 degrees. During this extended firing process the wood ash, minerals and salts, which are not combustible, begin to adhere to the red hot sticky surface of the clay and builds up into an amazing natural patina and finish that is usually more than I could have hoped for and in the process transforms them.”
“I was born and raised in Mishiwaka, a small town in Northern Indiana. I developed an early interest in fine art through my father, a painter. At a young age I was drawn to both music and art. I attended Herron School of Art in Indianapolis in the early 70’s. I have spent my life painting, drawing, photographing, sculpting and also working with sound to create pieces I describe as sound paintings or collages using both found sound and created sound. My sculptural work covers a broad range of approaches from site specific conceptual pieces that I document with a camera to more traditional approaches using clay and wood firing.
I started out as a painter but midway through art school I developed a keen interest in conceptual art, earth works and other similar ideas that were coming of age at that time during the early 70’s/ I began experimenting with site specific works and turned to B&W photography as a means to document the completed pieces.” William Schwob is represented by Vessel Gallery (www.vessel-gallery.com)