Posey Bacopoulos "Oval Pitcher"
Materials: Majolica on terracotta, gold and silver decal
Process: Thrown and altered, electric fired ^04, ^017
Dimensions: 9" x 7.5" x 3.5"
"My goal is to integrate form, function and surface in a manner that brings a sense of excitement to the work. I am continually exploring the relationship between surface decoration and form, while in the surface treatment of my work I use line, pattern and color to create the varied surfaces. The floral motifs on the pot are patterns rather than actual representations that serve to divide the space in interesting ways. Then I add the gold decals as a contrast to my painterly surfaces.
This work is a contemporary approach to the traditional majolica of the Italian Renaissance. Majolica is a glaze tradition that began in the Middle East in the 9th century. The majolica glaze makes a good surface for decorating. The various colors are applied with a brush to create the patterns and decorations. The pot is then fired to cone 04 in an electric kiln. After the firing the glazed surface maintains both the line quality of the patterns and the colors of the decoration. The gold decals are added after in an additional firing.
Finally, I love to make pots and I love to decorate and I combine these two loves in my work. My hope is the pot invites use and that my pleasure in making it is shared by the user."
Posey Bacopoulos, New York, NY
Posey Bacopoulos is a studio potter working in New York City. She studied ceramics at several craft schools including Penland School of Craft and Anderson Ranch. She also was a post bac student for a semester at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her work has been shown in numerous national juried and invitational exhibitions. She has won awards in the Strictly Functional Pottery National and the International Orton Cone Box Show. The work has recently been published in several books including The Best of Pottery 2, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, 100 Artists 1000 Cups and several Lark 500 Books. Her work and process has also been published in other books and articles in ceramic magazines. She has taught numerous workshops on both thrown and altered forms and majolica decoration at such places as Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts and many community craft organizations. She enjoys both making and teaching.
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