Artist Statement


Joan GOS


My work in ceramics comes out of a photographic project of gathering images from architecture, design and craft books.  I became fascinated by the forms found in the craft books and their relationship to the human body. Often, the ceramics were impressed with traces or imprints of the human hand.  This reciprocity was so fascinating to me that I began to work in clay.

My ceramic works explore visual relationships between the human body, architecture, microscopic images, nature, science, and technology, while at the same time reducing these categories of imaging into a ceramic form.  The relationship between body and form has also been central to the making of my work and the process of creating my sculptures.

I worked with abstract forms in black and white for about 10 years.  Recently, I have been exploring the use of color as well as delving into the rich history of 20th century studio ceramics. My current pieces are a combination of wheel thrown and hand built ceramics.  They are influenced by the experimental work of studio artists, especially those involved with composite structures.  I am inspired by the depth of experimentation in this work of the recent past and its relevance to contemporary practice.

Joan Lurie

A video of Joan discussing her work  made by Parsons School of Design Students as part of LVMH’s The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited is now online.

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