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tony ferguson exhibition--thursday,

updated sat 29 jun 02


Tony Ferguson on thu 27 jun 02

July 18th 6:00-8:00pm Artist Reception, Duluth MN

For immediate release: From Aubrey Danielson, Waters of Superior

June 8- August 17, 2002

"It is a relationship between myself, the clay, glaze and firing process.=
embodies all the five elements--earth, air, fire, water, ether, and their
enveloping relationships of fusion and timelessness."

Ferguson's most recent body of work is a further development of his
influence from the ancient Shigaraki and Bizen tradition of singe-fired
stoneware and Chinese porcelain. This "raw firing" technique is the most
traditional form of glazing and firing, yet few contemporary clay artists
work in this process because of its unreliability and high percentage of
loss. Ferguson, however, views the potential for loss as the potential to
create something extraordinary. He is attracted to the sculptural qualiti=
of the stoneware clay-its earthiness and rawness of being and the feminin=
and gentleness of porcelain.

Ferguson's works are finished with traditional and American shino, ash, a=
salt glazes that produce atmospheric interactions like green gems of pool=
ash that mark the heavily grogged, iron-laden stoneware vessels. He attem=
to create forms that will have a relationship to the conditions of fire a=
flame, ash and cooling that will take place during the firing. "With its
torn and rough surfaces on the outside, its smooth and gentle surfaces on
the inside, my work is about struggle and development, searching and

Artist's reception will be held at the Waters of Superior, Duluth.
Thursday, July 18th 6:00-8:00pm

Waters of Superior
395 South Lake Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802
Store Hours: M-Sa 10:00am-9:00pm
Sun 11:00am-9:00pm