Blue bottle vase

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Clément Hoeck

Blue bottle vase


This is a stoneware bottle/vase meant to be a center piece, hold flowers and be admired.
Cobalt blue with Nuka glaze pours. Nuka glaze on white slip liner. Cone 10 stoneware with faceted slip design fired in oxidation
11 1/2 inches tall x 5 inches wide weight 2 kg.

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Artist's Statement

I love the physicality and work rhythm of being a potter. The hum of the wheel, the slapping sound of the clay, the push, pull and forming wet clay all impart on me a sense of delicate control. The wheel is at the heart of the pottery studio and it’s a tool I’ve yet to master fully. My influences and inspiration are mostly from the high fire ceramics of Korea, Japan and China. The Mingei movement, the Leach style of pots and their timeless beauty, utility and robustness are what has attracted me to becoming a potter.
My ceramic style is notably influenced by my exposure to the culture and history of South Korea while residing there from 2003 to 2005, and again in 2010. The many glazes I use are of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese origin and fired to 1285 Celsius. I focus on form, function and a stand-alone elegance when designing my pieces.
I was introduced to the potter’s wheel while completing a fine arts program at the Cegep de l’Outaouais in 1996. I went on to study the craft of ceramics while working in various cabinet making shops in Montréal. I obtained a vocational degree from Montréal’s Centre de Céramique Bonsecours in 1998 and further technical training in cabinetry and architectural millwork from l’École Québécoise du Meuble et du Bois Ouvré in 2003.
I continue making in my studio and give lessons. I have participated in the Pontiac Artists’ Studio Tour since 2009, as well as many other regional shows and exhibitions.
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