This exhibition challenges the boundaries of ceramic art: What if we took clay out of the vessel and glaze was all that remained? What does it mean to replicate a 3-D printing process by hand? The result is ceramic: glass, devitrified.
This show is built from a fascination with glazes and ceramic materials. During my residency at the Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 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.
Colby Charpentier (b.1991) is an artist working primarily in ceramics. His work addresses materiality and relationships between architecture and the vessel.
Colby received his BFA in Ceramics and Glass from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2013. He has worked as a studio assistant to artists Daniel Clayman and Chris Gustin; and completed residencies at Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, CA, and at The Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Colby is currently an Artist in Residence at The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard University. He teaches at Harvard Ceramics and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
The Artist In Residence program at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is a competitive annual opportunity that attracts ceramic artists from all over the country. Solo exhibitions mark the end of the residency. Passages of Absence, by 2018-19 Artist In Residence Natalia Arbelaez, will be on view October 5 through November 1, 2019, with an opening reception and lecture on October 5. The public is invited to RSVP for each artist lecture (4-5pm; free) and attend each reception (5-7pm). Gallery 224 hours are posted on each exhibition website, and admission is free.
Additional time info:
Artist Lecture and Opening Reception on Saturday, September 7
Lecture: 4-5pm (RSVP)