Lynn Hilton-ConyersFeatured Piece: Guardian XXII
Guardian XXII was a part of a series created during a family health crisis. At times of transition and loss, we look for solace and guidance. A guardian can lead us to peace through meditation or prayer. This Guardian ceramic piece is a product of my own creative search for comfort. It is Raku, which uses traditional glazes and firing techniques: firing in a propane kiln, reduction in a chamber filled with straw, and quenched in water to produce the high lusters and crackle patterns of the glaze.
Lynn Hilton Conyers – Windtuck Pottery
Raku, a ceramic tradition that began in Japan in the 16th century, serves as inspiration for Lynn Hilton Conyers as a contemporary ceramic artist. Even though she uses the element of chance and the unintended effects that result, control and artistry are not absent from her original designs. Lynn’s use of fabric impressed into the surface of the clay produces textures that are enhanced when the piece, hot from the kiln, is placed in a chamber of combustible materials.
The resulting reduction atmosphere creates iridescent qualities on the glazed surface which are further incorporated into the total design of the piece through the use of metallic oil-based pencils and oil pastels. The unglazed surface areas become a canvas upon which she can paint and draw. The addition of fiber, wood, and glass or semi-precious stone beads pay homage to ancient cultures and unites the two and three-dimensional aspects of the wall plaque. Contemporary pottery has dared Lynn to challenge established traditions while exploring and experimenting for the sheer joy of discovering a new approach to the craft.
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