Finding Ways: Andy Shaw
The trays, as my most recent body of work, is a position on the Bridge (In 2015 my work entered a transitional period, one which I’ve termed The Bridge.) In moving away, I sought to change clay body color, to adopt hand building forming methods, and to develop a mold-based system. The trays begin with bisque ring molds that I carve from a thick slab of clay. Designing shapes for the rings is my favorite part of this work and serves as an aspect of moving towards by innovating a new formal language. During the Mid-Atlantic Keramik Exchange in Iceland I allowed the rings to exist for the wall, liberating them from being used as molds for shaping functional trays. As much as I love and have loved function, The Bridge presents broader applications that, in time, will transform the clay work, its display, and subsequently how I align my creative practice with outcome. Each tray holds an intrusion of color. During a 2016 sabbatical, the word Interference represented the idea of a perception that can undermine, obscure, and reconfigure the experiencing of reality. I felt this while in Narsaq Greenland, which sits at the confluence of ice-filled fjords. Hearing the sound of icebergs calving echoing off the water and mountains, I wanted to investigate. I walked to a rocky outcrop to sit for an hour to watch a large iceberg that was grounded a short distance from shore. As I sat, looking at water trickling off the ice into the fjord, I said out loud, “I wonder what it’s like to be here?” This was my first instance of interference as I was physically there on the rock with Greenland all around me, but my awareness of being a visitor created a kind of barrier. What my mind was looking for was familiarity with place, the sense of knowing that only comes from living and participation over time. As a visitor, I did not have that. I was as aware of this fact as I was of the ice in front of me.

Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00


Andy Shaw

Dinner Tray

$150.00