Date: Sunday, December 01, 2013 through Tuesday, December 31, 2013 , 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
"Stories of Progress" Michael Schwegmann Illinois Artisans, Chicago: December Feature.
"What I decided to do recently was increase the physical scale of the work. Make them larger than typical functional size and a few things happen. No longer are they regarded as “pots” by most people, and the larger pieces do not face the immediate dismissal that often faces pottery. They become more sculptural, more figural. We are more acutely aware of the details, the surfaces, the failures or successes of the forms, and concerned less about what kind of fruit goes in the bowl. More of the audience begins to see in the larger pieces what I have been seeing in the smaller pieces. Also, the technical challenge of the increased scale is a refreshing change for me when I have felt complete control over pottery-size pieces for many years. The scale has also changed the relationships of the forms and opens up new design challenges."