LINCOLN CITY- The opening reception for acclaimed clay artist, Jack Walsh, is on Friday, August 12th from 5-7 pm. His one man exhibit at the Chessman Gallery is a pleasing and provocative combination of pottery and sculpture that have been wood fired at unbelievable temperatures, mainly in Hiroshi Ogawa’s Anagama kiln. The show will remain on exhibit until Monday, September 5th. Many of these creations combine the unpredictable and chaotic nature of wood firing and the mysteries of weathered objects in nature. There is a beautiful dance that occurs between these two symbiotic objects.
Jack Walsh discovered the unlimited expressive possibilities inherent in clay early in his life and has been dedicated to a deeper understanding of its natural tendencies throughout his life as a clay artist. This desire for a deeper understanding of this chosen material led him in 1989 to build his first kiln utilizing wood as the sole source of fuel to create finished pieces without applied glazes. He liked the results of these early wood firing efforts but it wasn’t until 1998 when he first fired at Hiroshi Ogawa’s Anagama kiln that he felt that he had found the right atmospheric environment for his work. He has continued to fire work in this kiln and has continually pushed the parameters of the medium as he knows it. This exhibit of his work at the Chessman Gallery is a recent sampling of those efforts. Jack finds them pleasing and at the same time provocative and hopes you do as well.