The work in this show is an investigation of two mutually dependant concepts; form and surface and how they relate to each other. Specifically I am interested in soda firing’s tendency to record the path of the flame.

The work is designed based on the knowledge and study of how flame moves through the kiln leaving mineral or glaze deposits on the forms in varying amounts. This variation in glaze impingement upon the form is what creates the different colours and becomes the record of the flame path. In this manner, the treatment and interaction of flame and soda vapour act as the surfacing tool.

This technology is integral to my creative process, as with a brush stoke or impression into the clay, the surface becomes integral to the form.

Robin Dupont
July 2012

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