Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Night & Day Studio
947 Bentley Street,
Mount Forest ON
Elsa Mann has been a full time potter since 1994. Self taught, she primarily
explores the intricacies of the raku firing process. She has utilized
the metallic sheens of raku tile to create large scale projects such as
accent tables, tiled mirrors, mantel surrounds and feature areas. On a
smaller scale she creates treasure boxes, urns and accents using the very
same process. Hand built, wheel thrown and combined techniques are all
ways in which her works are created. Found objects often accent her boxes
and urns...smooth pieces of wood found on the shores of Lake Huron, knotted
and gnarled portions of tree root and whymsical additions of feather,
are just some of the items she has incorporated into her works. In recent
years, Elsa has focused her energies on horse-hair raku pottery, a primitive
firing technique using real tail and mane hair to create fine black lines
" The use of clay in the rituals of burial are as old as time. Potters
are markers in history, ...evolving, ...changing and representing a specific
period of time and their culture. They do this through the characteristics
they incorporate into their works. My vessels are a part of this continuum.
My use of objects found in nature is a way of connecting the organic nature
of man to his natural surroundings and is ultimately a reflection of his
organic end state. Earth to earth. "
'Death of a Las Vegas Show Girl'
clay, Raku fired / feathers/found objects
Our culture includes individuals who follow the mainstream as well
as those just a bit off kilter. This urn represents the fringe in
our society...made up...electric...and very disconnected from the
'Wood, Clay and Fire' (triptych)
medium - clay, Raku fired / wood/found objects/horse hair
The organic essence of what we are, is all that is left of us when
we pass. These pieces capture the simplicity of our being.
medium - clay, Raku fired / found objects
The pain of loss is the inspiration behind this piece. Feelings
that are rough and raw, exposed and present.