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Becky Gray
North Carolina

Full Statement

Media:  Ceramic, Sculpture

Pages: 12
Guardian of Life's Journeys
Refugee Son
Regugee Son
Refugee Mother
Beech Vessel
Lidded Green Vessel
Pages: 12
Becky Gray

BA/Art & English, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Penland School of Crafts

The figurative sculptures of ceramist Becky Gray provide a quiet place where one may reflect upon the narrative possibilities of the human condition.

The dichotomy within man mimics that of nature - full of beauty on one hand and destruction on the other. In my work, however, I endeavor to convey the inherent goodness within mankind, whether quietly masked or direct.

Gray's works are hand built; she uses thrown forms, extrusions, coils and slabs combined in different ways to create pieces that are sculptural and often ceremonial in nature. Her works are raku-fired with light reduction, generally sprayed with water and then put into hardwood sawdust to cool. The result is an aged, often stone-like or metallic appearance.