Gratia Brown

Visions In Clay 2020

Gratia Brown

Artist Statement:

The oldest known fragment of ceramic is a small thing, roughly triangular, a yellow brown dust color - unassuming.  This fragment holds many marks: on one side along the rim there are decorative marks - dots in a line perhaps made by impressing a stick into the wet clay.  The surface blackened by the unmistakable touch of flame. Fingerprints and pinching texture appear where the artist coaxed shape and function from the clay.   

Fragments represent to me these hidden narratives that connect us to events and people.  Fragments are cropped from a resolved place and form. Edges and contours hint at the original object’s function and the events that led to fragmentation. Fragments become a talisman binding the viewer to unknown people, intentions, and events.  

My work celebrates the characteristics of the fragment - mobile, poetic, irregular, unstable, and precarious in their lack of resolution.

2nd Place Award 

Ceramic, casting slip, insulation foam, flocking, cord, ceramic fragments.
10” x 11.5” x 8”

Repurposed ceramic fragments, ceramic materials, mortar.  Cone 1 and 018.
9.5” x 7” x 9"

Pleather and Sea Foam Study
Ceramic fragments, mixed media, and various cord.
8 x 7 x 4.5 inches