by Tim Christensen-Kirby
"Dreaming Hen" approach inches tall
Tim is a potter/sculptor who has created some of the most magnificent scrafitto works in black and white. They almost always have a plant/animal theme which is simple and elegant. The hens are a series of smaller sculptures which we had the pleasure to have at artstream last year in a "flock". They have a story on each piece told in a way reminiscent of the Inuit art I have seen in my travels to Northern Canada. However they have a spirit all their own. Tim takes great pains in creating works which not only have great form, but have a printmakers etching style with the scraffito effects drawn into each piece. The black glaze is bufffed to a soft sheen and in some of the hen pieces a gold paint is applied. At artistically we have many of his forms ranging from the hen shown above which retails for $95 to some larger works in the familiar plate form at $300. There are also egg shapes which stand on end and vase and cup forms as well. I have watched Tim's work over the past two years change into this stark, complex scraffito style in sculptures - away from the conventional production pottery which we drink our coffee from and serve our special bruschetta on. I have to say that I love it. I get to live with it every day at the gallery and it brings joy to each person who comes in to the gallery to browse as well as those who have taken them home. Tim's work can be found at our gallery year 'round and in many others across the USA. Check out his site at muddybirdpottery.com
The word for the day is ... layer ... as in your warm clothing, a collage painting and a good chocolate cake!