“Figures and Forms,” a two-person exhibit featuring ceramics by Anna Stehle and sculptures by Douglas Wiltshire, is on display in the Building 11 Main Art Gallery, Room 119.
Wiltshire is fascinated with the human form and how it relates to self-perception versus how humans perceive man-made objects in nature. “They are two different things, yet the question of why we value things more than our own fragile existences eludes me. People can always make more stuff, but we cannot recreate our own individual selves,” he said.
Stehle said that firing her ceramics in a soda kiln predicts the final results. “The black line is dictated by shape of the pot and the surface is determined by the placement of the work in the kiln and the path the flame travels carrying soda ash over the surface of the form during the firing,” she said.
Her work was fired in the kiln for two days. She commented on how soda firing is “very unpredictable.”
Stehle’s work was inspired by iron creations such as fences and cargo cranes. She uses the Korean Mishima technique and plans to keep pursuing it. “This is just the beginning for these” she said.
This is Stehle’s first complete table set which she plans to put to use. “I don’t make work meant to sit on a shelf” she said.
The display ends on May 20.