Here’s a magnificent piece by Wanaree Tanner, who won the Presidential Grand Prize in the 2011 North American Design Competition at the Metal Clay World Conference. As you watch the animation unfold, you’ll see how the art progressively reveals itself. It is a wonder.
With the exception of the chain, the entire piece is metal clay. Copper and silver metal clay pieces were soldered together after they were fired. The stone is Fire Agate, cut by Gordon Eslava, who collected it himself. For Wanaree, this adds a personal dimension to the stone.
Here’s what Wanaree has to say about this stunning work:
“Generally I believe everybody is at least three people, the person the world sees, the person our loved ones see, and our true self. Sometimes I think we tend to close ourselves off from the outside world, work very hard to decorate our outer selves, and hope that that’s all people will see us for and yet hate it when they do. To me it’s the deepest conflict of self, this desire to have the world embrace who we truly are, yet afraid of the vulnerability this position puts us in. The thistles, griffons, hounds, and interlace knots are worked on the outside of the vessel. Griffons and hounds are mythologically tied to protection and guardianship, thistles are thorny hardiness surrounding a beautiful bloom. All of this is meant to communicate the complexity of the armour we build around our true self. On the top of the vessel is my “Luck and Love” knot, that’s been pierced to allow light to shine through because often it seems it is only with a little luck that we allow that light of love to be cast through our defenses…The doors open and we can begin to see the beauty of the stone that lies within. We make ourselves a little more vulnerable to the world, but still remain relatively comfortable within our protective shell. You can see the “Luck and Love” knot casting itself upon the stone, I like to think this is akin to the idea that the love we feel from the outside is actually just a reflection of the love that resides within us, merely a shadow dance pointing to the true source.”
You can see more of Wanaree’s work at http://www.jade-orchid.com/www.jade-orchid.com/Home.html, and read her blog at http://artwarebywanaree.blogspot.com/. She is a rare talent.
For more info on Art Clay World, USA, the organization that sponsored the competition and organized the Metal Clay World Conference, go to http://www.artclayworld.com/.
As ever, the animation loops 8 times, then freezes on the last frame. To refresh, just hit the F5 key.