Feature Articles

June Issue 2002

Myersart Gallery/Clay on Camden in Charlotte, NC, Feature Works by Robert Hasselle

Myersart Gallery/Clay on Camden and The Queen's Beans Coffee Shop in Charlotte, NC, present pottery by Robert Hasselle through June 30, 2002.

A former professor at Ohio State University and Cincinnati Art Academy, Robert Hasselle has worked in clay and bronze sculpture for nearly four decades. This Rock Hill, SC, resident has operated his own pottery and design gallery in Cincinnati, published articles in Ceramic Monthly, conducted a number of workshops and served as visiting artist in residence at colleges and universities throughout the eastern US.

Hasselle creates gas tired, ash glazed, stoneware pottery. Ash glazing is the first form of glazing ever developed. In the early Chinese kilns, wood fired pottery collected ash deposits, providing interesting textures and colors, and eventually giving rise to the process of glazing. Ash glaze, besides being a return to the source, is a very rich process. Although it resembles wood firing and salt glazing in the lively surfaces it creates, it allows for a full range of color not really possible in the other two processes.

"In my ash glazes, the idea is to create a broad range of textures, surfaces, and colors," Hasselle says. "I like glazes that vary from glossy to matte and thick to thin. Therefore, one piece will not only have several glazes, but also different application techniques. Pouring, spraying, and underglazing allow for what I hope is a richness of both texture and color. Each piece is unique with color and texture combinations that are never repeated."

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 704/790-2529.

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