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Brenna Prindiville

Ceramics: B-mix
20″ x 11″ x 11″

Racing Heart
Ceramics: B-mix
12″ x 6″ x 7″

Giants of the Forest
Ceramics: B-mix
9.5″ x 10.5″ x 3.5″

Sounds of the Forest
Ceramics: B-mix
9.5″ x 4.2″ x 4.2″

Ceramics: B-mix
4.25″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″

Black Bear
Ceramics: B-mix
12.5″ x 10.5″ 4″

This series of work was created using a b-mix clay body with grog and decorated using the sgraffito technique. I chose to handbuild five of the pieces, but all of them have an imperfect bottleneck form. I felt that making them handbuilt would aesthetically make them unique and more organic in form.

I chose to represent animals found here in Idaho, specifically, Sandpoint Idaho where I grew up. I created this work to represent my fondness of nature and represent the relationships of animals to each other and to humans. I feel that Sandpoint offers a particular decorative style that is not found in Boise, so by creating this work I hoped to share a subculture that is common in the north.

I also chose the bottleneck vase style to reflect the value of nature as people often are only able to buy nature from a store and place plants in their homes or yards. We often try to surround ourselves with nature, but where I grew up, I never had to think about it. The bottle neck vase is generally man made or requires skill from a potter to create which can make it more expensive. I feel that nature is valuable and difficult to recreate much like the bottleneck vase.