What a Wonderful World
This piece is part of a cooperative effort among several other ceramic artists to create “Life Affirming Imagery.” It was curated by ceramic artist Allison Newsome and constructed at the Harvard Ceramics Studio, Boston, where I have been a resident artist. It is made of stoneware and ceramic stains. Each tile composition has a nucleus of locally harvested earthenware clay, which unifies the designs along with the colors. They are mounted at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I show my passion for children and their music.
36” x 48” x 5”
This project began with a class I took taught by Allison Newsome at the Ceramics Program Office for the Arts at Harvard University, where I have been a juried artist for several years. Allison is an established talented architectural ceramic artist working large scale with lots of experience. She had the idea to make "life affirming imagery" to cheer up the walls for patients and staff at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA.
There were about 9 artists in the class and we each took the theme of “Life Affirming Imagery’ in different directions, as artists with our own individual styles and imagery. The plan was to enlarge our sketches to a dynamic large scale that displayed well together on the same corridor walls. We united our imagery with a common nucleus of local red earthenware clay, surrounded by our individual way of working on bas relief images, with unified color palettes.
Allison Newsome, our talented teacher, mural artist, had us sketch out our ideas and then blow them up in scale to size of each individual mural on paper. We then rolled out our clay and transferred our images, adding clay to create dimension. While working large we had to determine where to divide each piece for mounting like a puzzle later. Allison had a formula for clay body strength and color palette stains, and slow firing temperatures in our Harvard Kilns. She had to take some of the work to her own studio to fire. The murals were large and demanding for kiln space with other students using the kilns at the same time at the Harvard Ceramics Studio.
I am looking to work on a team of other artists, architects, to collaborate in any way my talents and experience can help add a needed component to the overall vision. I don’t have to be the the main attraction, solo artist. Collaborations for me go back to my book and editorial non—fiction subjects for education, working with art directors and designs, and as exhibit illustrator for the New England Aquarium. See my resume: stephanieosser.com for details.
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