Claire de Lavallee

"The Alchemist" Centerpiece , 2018
Clay and Platinum
5 x 19 x 16 in
Unique ceramic center piece. It is made out of clay and platinum and was inspired by the shell principle used in architecture, to build stadium roofing for example. To sculpt the piece, the artist laid a large sheet of raw, supple clay on a canvas held by sticks on 4 corners; the clay then takes hold in the suspended fabric creating folds and undulations. The work is about the play between gravity and optimization. After it has settled into its form, the piece is fired and a second layer of platinum is applied as an imprint. SOLD