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Mugshot Monday 6.2.14

Mugshot Monday with Ursula Hargens

This week we are celebrating the return or summer with floral motifs and rich red clay!  Ceramic artist Ursula Hargens work is full of life.  Though her forms and decoration are decidedly simple, when they are brought together the results are subtle yet complex.Ursula describes her work in a most interesting way.

"My pieces are colorful and decidedly decorative. Flowers assertively traverse the form, creating an active dialogue between form and decoration. There is a painterly quality to my work that is produced by a physical layering of ceramic materials and the orchestration of color and motifs in slip and glaze. Simple motifs unfold to create layers of color, pattern and image, resulting in rich, decorative surfaces.

My work plays upon earthenware's association with nostalgia and tradition but also acknowledge the material's rich history imitating more valued materials such as porcelain and bronze. I consciously use materials and processes that move between categories of value. My clay is dense and ringing like porcelain, but its earthenware color retains associations of folk and tradition that have deep emotional appeal. The forms and slip-work reinforce this hybridization of cultural values. Awkward, folksy flowers traverse porcelain-thin rims; the rich, red clay peeks through white slip, asserting itself while masquerading as a highly refined material."

She is based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. For more information on her and her work, visit her website ursulahargens.com.

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