"All Art is about a certain kind of love."
The work is a study in perception. It is this getting lost in observation that allows Lampi to be in the "now." Has one ever really perceived a tree? What are the forces for change? What is the breakdown occurring in nature or within the web of life? Furthermore, there is a case for metaphor with the skin of the tree and ours. An observer from China dubbed the series," tree skin".
These pieces are wheel thrown, incised, and altered by adding, subtracting and carving. The incised lines are rubbed with black iron oxide or black slip, sponged and the interior glazed. A serendipitous benefit occurs when after a firing, on the thin walled vessels the interior glaze migrates through to the outside. On some pieces you see the rather effective orange appearing where the selectively brushed exterior glaze is not applied. Wood and wood-salt firing effects add more complexity to the surface.
Ceramic related education/studies/influences include:Glenn Nelson at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, BA in Fine Art,MA in Art Education from the University of Minnesota , focus: art aesthetics and history,study under Dorian Beaulieu, Bob Husby, Holly (Anderson) Jorde and Wenzhi Zhang, and working with Nino Caruso, Peter Callus, Coll Minogue /International Wood Fire Conference in China in 2007
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Platters and Pourers, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Clayworks, 2008
Luonnollisesti Suomalainen, Duluth, MN, Duluth Art Institute, 2008
25th Annual WARM All-Members Jried Exhibition, Fridley, MN, Fridley, MN, 2008
International Wood-Fire Conference, Duluth, MN, Lake Superior College, 2007
Second Foshan International Wood Fire Conference, Foshan, China, Foshan, China, 2007
Publication in "Dish", by Shax Riegler and Robert Bean, New York, NY, New York, 2011
Jersey Shore Clay National, Surf city, NJ, Surf City, 2010
Vessel , Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN, 2008
Foshan International Ceramics Museum, Foshan, China, Foshan, China, 2007
University of Cuyo, Mendoza Argentina, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010