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Kaete Brittin Shaw

"My functional work in cast porcelain is inspired by the spiral."

"Casting involves pouring a liquid clay, called slip, into a plaster mold. The original models for the molds were created from thrown cylinders cut on an angle and joined. New designs have been developed from taking sections of earlier pieces and re-assembling them. In this way the shell bowl morphed into a butter dish and sections taken from a column vase became a sake set."

"The stacking bowls give the impression of a spiral when they are stacked and they reflect my continuing interest in the integration of functionalism with sculptural form. As individual pieces they are utterly functional, but when they are stacked they assume sculptural qualities."

"Multicolored glazes add another dimension to my work. A layered look is achieved by sponging a gloss glaze over a matt base, often resulting in a color that is complex and difficult to name."

Kaete Shaw's one-of-a-kind teapots and vases appear two-dimensional. In fact, they do exist in three dimensions--made of two halves joined together, each shape's silhouette enhanced at the seams. Each of these vessels is dried very slowly--over six to eight weeks--to prevent separation of the two parts. These pieces focus attention on the energy and relationships of these two-part forms.

"The idea of contrast has become more significant as I work with both sides of a vessel and consider the concept of the oppositional forces of light and darkness."

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