MCA Member and ceramic artist Tim Christensen will be sailing, via container ship, from Philadelphia to Sydney, Australia, a 30 day steam beginning May 24th, which will take him through the Panama Canal and on to Colombia, as well as New Zealand. He will be demonstrating and presenting his work at “Smoke on the Water”, an international wood fired pottery conference at The Cooroy Butter Factory, a clay center in Cooroy, Queensland. The event is organized by The Ceramic Center for Excellence, a clay center in Queensland.
He returns to Maine in July; an exhibition of prints, books and clay work created during, and in response to, the experience will be mounted at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner October 5 – November 19th, 2017.
“In my work, I document the natural systems, as I understand them, that I see in my surroundings here in coastal Maine. On my travels to Australia, I will pass through areas rarely encountered by artists, and I will similarly be recording what I see there, although in this case will be etching on copper (as raw porcelain and freighters don’t always get along!). I am seeking to make a permanent record of my observations, of the life, the sky, the sea, in the spirit of 30,000 years of potters have before me. Sgraffito has always been a medium in which the potter and the historian become one and the same. I feel that this spirit is still valuable, and increasingly so, as our world changes at an increasing rate. My work with sgraffito in wood kilns, with their chaotic turbulence, records both the natural systems as I understand them, and the chaos or disorder which is rapidly transforming them.” – Tim Christensen