“The best art,” Gareth Mason has said, “irrespective of the discipline, is felt first and reasoned later.” Gareth Mason ceramic art looks “explosive”.
As one of Britain’s most individual ceramists, Mason strives to reveal the mysteries of creation and the humanity of the artist himself. He is known for his ceramic jars, which are constructed through an unconventional and improvisational approach; in a metamorphic process that often spans several years, Mason’s hand-thrown jars undergo multiple firings, glazings, and the addition of various materials (scraps such as gravel from the Victorian slate industry or waste scavenged from the Thames River). The resulting work—avant-garde forms likened to small cosmic explosions—are unrivaled in their richness of color, texture, and density.
The artist words: “Some objects, works of literature, music, painting, or simply moments in time can be charged with life and significance. I associate these with the arena of feeling. The best art, irrespective of the discipline, is felt first and reasoned later. This belief is my creative bedrock. It springs from a child-like curiosity and relish of the stuff of earth, an evolving well of experience and a love of mystery. Beauty has many guises. I value the voluptuous and the visceral in equal measure. Art is at its most potent when it exposes something of the artist’s humanity. The Spanish know this and call it Duende but this phenomenon has a pan-cultural blood line. Thus, a personal act of risk and disclosure can be both gift and revelation, if we are alive to it.”
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