Bruce Kitts

Bruce Kitts

Bruce Kitts

BRUCE KITTS, ceramics

As communication plays a vital role in human relations, it functions with as much authority in the relationship between artists and their media. It is an artist’s gateway to their connection with a medium. Through this connection, a development of intellect and progress through the use of a medium is allowed.

My ceramic work is meant to develop and depict a strong dialogue through its creation of form and surface. My most recent work focuses on showing the inherent qualities of clay. Leaving parts unglazed, over slipping attachments and letting the slip squeeze out the sides, showing ripped edges, leaving marks on the surface; these are all examples of letting the clay speak for itself. This allows me to have a strong dialogue with the clay. 

Texture and surface play an enormous part in my work. I try not to let any part of the surface go without attention. By utilizing the atmospheric firings provided here at the Mendocino Art Center, many of the minuet surface details become far more pronounced. I often emphasize my texture by inlaying an iron wash or black glaze. Much like brushstrokes in a painting, texture on ceramic invites the viewer to the history of the piece. My goal is to create a form and surface that force and intrigues the viewer to closely inspect the piece in its entirety.


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Bruce's workshop at the Mendocino Art Center

Bruce Kitts

Instructor: Bruce Kitts
BUILDING THE SURFACE
FROM GREENWARE TO GLAZING

April 20–23, 2017

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