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MICHAEL HUNT & NAOMI DALGLISH

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MICHAEL HUNT & NAOMI DALGLISH

NEW WORK


See Michael and Naomi's new work currently in the gallery.

 

Michael and Naomi are uniquely involved in their artistic process. Using many local materials, they collaborate in making utilitarian pottery. They choose to use low-tech ways of working and coarse, impure materials. Their pots are made on a Korean-style Kick wheel, out of slabs, or using the Korean paddle & anvil technique. Using dark local clay and ash glazes, they carve, brush and run their fingers through the slip on their vessels, creating pottery that bridges traditional with modern in unexpected ways.

Dalglish and Hunt wood-fire their work in a kiln they built in 2003. It is modified from a Thai kiln design that mimics the shape of a flame. In order for the kiln to reach the desired 2350 degrees fahrenheit, they stoke the chamber with wood for up to 16 hours – a demanding task that requires precision, timing and attentiveness. This deep connection to every stage of the work is what enables them to create utilitarian ware that is as lively as it is functional. Their work is raw and yet refined, remarkable for its enigmatic quality, which gives the user the impression that the soul of the clay is revealed in each one of these handcrafted vessels.