Saturday, April 11, 2009

“I’m a most fortunate fellow”

“I’m a most fortunate fellow”.
Sojourning in Colorado, one of my associates is; Dan Shaner, son of renowned ceramic artist David Shaner. (1934-2002) Photos

Dan, brought in a few favourites, from his personal collection of his late father’s work.
Pictures in "Part II"
Photographs hardly do justice to the life that these pieces emanate when held, a true joy.
Following the Rhythms of Life: The Ceramic Art of David Shaner

Following the Rhythms of Life provides the first in-depth critical overview of David Shaner's illustrious ceramic career, which spanned more than four decades.

Trained in the late 1950s at Alfred University's School of Ceramics, David Shaner became the director of the influential Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana and an acclaimed studio potter. This book provides a timely tribute to a highly disciplined clay artist who had a deep understanding of himself, his materials, and the world in which he lived, and offers a fresh perspective on the burgeoning ceramic movement in the United States.

Shaner conducted his life with passion, intelligence, and clear intent, unwavering in his devotion to his work; he attained that often elusive goal of bridging the gap between art and life to which so many artists aspire.

His studio became a place for discovery: ideas, imagination and the skills of his craft fused into one. Art in service to community, educating two generations of potters through lectures and workshops, and environmental activism were common threads in his life.Richly illustrated with 66 color plates, Following the Rhythms of Life presents a survey of Shaner's work, as it evolved from functional pottery to more sculptural concerns throughout his career.

The work of twentieth-century modernists including Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, and Isamu Noguchi influenced his development. His close observation of nature's infinite detail, as well as travels in the American Southwest and Pacific Northwest, also informed his art.

Curator of Ceramics Peter Held weaves multiple views on the artist's practice in the lead essay, which includes interviews of Shaner's colleagues, mentors, and family members, conducted by journalist Conan Putnam, and analysis of the cultural and art historical influences on the artist by Hollis Walker.

Artist and educator Jack Troy reflects on his personal working relationship with Shaner and the admiration it bred. Following the Rhythms of Life provides insight on the artist's worldview and the ceramic work that is the legacy of a life fully lived.

2 comments:

Robin said...

Very nice John, Too bad you can't find a mate to your blue mug, this one seems almost the same size shape. They are beautiful. You always meet the most interesting people.
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謏 約翰 said...

This is very same Dan, that we had lunch with about 3 weeks ago. me