CHRIS CORSON

Burnt Offering   Pit-fired Ceramic  16” x 11” x 22”

Burnt Offering

Pit-fired Ceramic

16” x 11” x 22”

Nest   Figure - Pit-fired Ceramic, Eggs - Ceramic, Underglaze, Image Transfer  15" x 15" x 17"

Nest

Figure - Pit-fired Ceramic, Eggs - Ceramic, Underglaze, Image Transfer

15" x 15" x 17"

Cosmos   Pit-fired Ceramic  24" x 15" x 13"

Cosmos

Pit-fired Ceramic

24" x 15" x 13"

And the Light and the Dark Came Back Together   Pit-fired Ceramic  6" x 25" x 9"

And the Light and the Dark Came Back Together

Pit-fired Ceramic

6" x 25" x 9"

Chapel   Pit-fired Ceramic  17" x 18" x 17"

Chapel

Pit-fired Ceramic

17" x 18" x 17"

Bare Earth   Pit-fired Ceramic  10” x 20” x 10”

Bare Earth

Pit-fired Ceramic

10” x 20” x 10”

All in a Day   Pit-Fired Ceramic  27" x 12" x 11"

All in a Day

Pit-Fired Ceramic

27" x 12" x 11"

Call Heaven and Earth to Witness   Pit-fired Ceramic  27" x 12" x 17"

Call Heaven and Earth to Witness

Pit-fired Ceramic

27" x 12" x 17"

America   Ceramic, Underglaze, Image Transfer, Gold Luster  26" x 13" x 12"

America

Ceramic, Underglaze, Image Transfer, Gold Luster

26" x 13" x 12"

Self-Confidence   Raku-fired Ceramic  15" x 6" x 6"

Self-Confidence

Raku-fired Ceramic

15" x 6" x 6"

ARTIST STATEMENT

For me, sculpting the human form is exploring the human condition.  Inner emotions are always reflected in the body.  Most honest is the torso, where the essence of who we are gets manifested in the physical core — and shown through contour and gesture.

To put such oneness of form and emotion into my clay, I work deeply from my own inner senses of body and feeling.  This allows me to tap sources truer than my intellectual mind, and the resulting pieces often surprise me with more honesty and nuance than my initial feeling.  What has come forth are themes of growth and liberation.

My forms need equally expressive surfaces.  Over the years, I have developed raku, pit and wood firing methods to give my pieces evocative ceramic skins.  By the time a piece has been formed and fired, it has experienced its own life transformation and can express mine.  And when other people find a part of themselves in my work, I believe I have reached into the universal.

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