Gwinn is experimenting with handbuilding at the co-op studio which operates under the umbrella of Carlsbad Area Art Association. Slowly she is learning about characteristics of clay, but mostly she is playing and attempting to express images of interest to her. Feel free to contact the artist about any of the work you see here.
THE ALTAR SERIES: This series of pieces is an attempt to make something tangible of my ineffable experiences of worship. Each of the “Altars” has a small expression on the back side, usually a meaningful quotation. These pieces have been an intermittent part of my explorations in clay as you can see in the images below. They come into my need for expression now and then. As soon as I think the series is complete, they show up again.
THE ENVELOPE SERIES: The clay envelopes are relatively new but THE ENVELOPE SERIES has been a major part of my body of work for a long time. Once I thought I was through with the envelopes, but my sister exclaimed, “Oh no, the envelopes are a life-time series.” Perhaps she is right.
THE PACKETS: These small pieces are extensions of the ongoing “ENVELOPE SERIES” which has been a part of my body of work for many years. They have evolved from the clay envelopes and are designed to be hung on the wall. They measure about the size of a traditional envelope, maybe 8X8inches and smaller (without the embellishments).
THE TABLET SERIES: The tablets are clay images inspired by a scripture in Habakkuk written during a time when God’s people urgently needed clarity. God’s answer to Habakkuk’s prayer was “Write down the revelation, and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it….Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3) Some of “The Tablet Series” are glazed, some are painted. They are embellished with a variety of trinkets, strings, weavings and beads.
THE ALTAR SERIES
The clay portion of these pieces is approximately 5X5X1.5 inches. “Intercessions” is approximately 10X5X1.5 inches. Some of them are glazed, others are painted. The embellishments are varied, including twigs, string, antique keys, beads, papers, feathers etc. They are designed to be hung on the wall.
EARTH ANGELS: A SIDE TRIP
(painted and embellished clay)
THE TABLET SERIES
(glazed stoneware clay with embellishments) sold
ALTAR SERIES: FORMED FOR FROLIC earthenware clay with embellishments 15X8X2 inches (actual clay portion 5X5X2) (sold)
ALTAR SERIES: PETITIONS earthenware clay with embellishments 7X5X1.5 inches (sold)
EARTH ANGEL 10 (sold)
EARTH ANGEL 8 (detail, sold)
EARTH ANGEL 2 (sold)
EARTH ANGEL 4 (detail, sold)
K’s Word Angel (sold)
A’s Word Angel (sold)
The Altars: Confession Bisqued, smoked clay and embellished with text (graphite), bamboo sticks, twine, and acrylic paints. 12X5X1.5 inches (sold)
The Altars: Sea Shrine Bisqued, smoke fired clay with sea shells, pecan twigs, twine, beads, and rusted metal. 12X5X1.5 inches (sold)