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Rose Canyon

Ceramic Wall Sculpture

Created by Lisa Battle
This six-piece modular wall sculpture is inspired by the way that water and wind carve unique landscapes from the bare rock in the southwest desert. Each piece has a picture wire securely attached to the back with toggle bolts so that it can hang on a hook or screw in the wall. The artist provides a paper template for hanging to ensure correct placement.

This sculpture was made from slabs of stoneware clay that are pieced together by hand. It was fired first in an electric kiln and then in a Noborigama kiln, which is heated to a temperature of around 2400 degrees Fahrenheit using wood.

The artist carefully sprayed her own custom glazes onto the vase before the second firing, creating a palette of off-white with hints of green contrasting with the dark brown color of the bare clay. During the firing, wood ash in the atmosphere of the kiln fell on the surface, creating textures and small rivulets of ash that flowed along the contours of the piece. No two sculptures fired using this method are ever the same.

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