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John C. Chamberlin

Artist's Statement

I have been drawn to clay in all its sensual qualities since childhood, much to my mother's dismay, along the creek beds of rural Missouri. At that time I was and still am interested in historic civilization and that what we know of them is due in large part because of the durability of fired clay. The achieved surface qualities fired,glazed clay display, and the emotions these evoke in the viewer when combined in structured patterns is what I have been exploring

As a your man my paternal grandmother, Phoebe, gave me a large wooden framed mirror. This had been in my grandparent's home since their marriage in 1907. When looking into that mirror I imagined how my father Joseph and mother Rosemary had looked into that same reflective glass. Through time were those far away gazes affectionately looking at me?

Combining fired clay and reflective glass help me create the idea of the immortal. There is, however, the ephemeral nature of the gaze in the mirror. Contrast this with the apparent permanence of the fired clay. The completed looking glass is intimate in size, functional, and as a decorative object, adds light and beauty to the space it occupies.