Phyllis Pacin Ceramic Design
"Ironically, after falling in love with the seductive feel of clay in my hands, I have developed a style that involves using the clay in tile form, like a blank canvas to be painted on."
Phyllis Pacin's current body of raku
-fired ceramic tile work is worlds away from her background of traditional sculpture and pottery. Her love of two-dimensional design, coupled with a lifelong involvement with clay, has manifested itself in the creation of perfectly flat wall work with a twist. Playing with the space within the picture plane, and the illusions this creates, has become as important as the composition of her subject matter. The result is a unique interplay of two and three dimensions.
She designs her work--arrangements of hand-rolled and textured raku fired tiles mounted on acrylic or wood--as free-hanging pieces. While some are composed of square tiles, more often she works with parallelogram-shaped tiles, which she arranges into architectural compositions that give a trompe l'oeil
illusion of three-dimensional form. Some pieces go one step further in tricking the eye by "folding" the forms visually so that they look like actual three-dimensional objects existing in real space.
Pacin's artwork hangs in museums and in public, private, and corporate collections worldwide.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Group exhibition, Lincoln, CA, Lincoln Arts Gallery, 2010
Feats of Clay XIX, Lincoln, CA, Gladding McBean Terra Cotta Factory, Lincoln Arts, 2010
Clay West International, Logan, UT, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, 2010
Biennial Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Flagstaff, AZ, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, 2009
ACGA@PARC, Palo Alto, CA, Palo Alto Research Center, 2009
Corporate collection, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
Museum collection, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, 2006
Museum collection, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, 2005
Museum collection, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, 2004
Public Collection, California Department of Health Services, Richmond, CA, 2004