Gallery 224 Exhibition: Devitrified - Colby Charpentier, 2018-19 Artist In Residence

Date: 

Thursday, September 5, 2019 (All day) to Friday, September 27, 2019 (All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

Sculpture by Colby Charpentier, 2019Reception & Lecture: Saturday, September 7, 2019 (RSVP for Artist Lecture)

This show is built from a fascination with glazes and ceramic materials. During my residency at Harvard Ceramics, I’ve been researching and testing materials and procedures to take a fresh look at how we approach contemporary clay.

The process that I developed for this work has me hand-printing vessels and balloons the time to produce a single vase out to 40-plus hours. In that time-frame, I make thousands of decisions about where the profile is heading. Each drop is a waypoint in the design of the object. There is no inside surface vs. outside surface, there is only the object and the space it contains. It’s a really beautiful process. It’s layered with the irony of an American studio artist hand-replicating a 3-d printing process; making work representative of blue and white ware. There’s a lot of good questions in there.

Knowing that the material itself is a glass that was formulated to devitrify and be ceramic when fired— is important to understanding this work as a veil of glaze. This process is driven by the research questions: What if we took clay out of the vessel and glaze was all that remained? And what does it mean to replicate a 3-D printing process by hand? The result is ceramic: glass, devitrified.

Devitrified exhibition webpage