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.