As I feel my own creative pull shift from observer to visual storyteller (more about that soon), I have been researching narrative art. Tim Christensen’s work and words resonated with me – he tells stories of our times by scratching drawings onto porcelain clay surfaces using the sgraffito technique.
Ark: Ossuary, slab built porcelain, 19″ wide
The artist slowly and deliberately scratches through the surface, revealing the contrasting color below as he tells a story. You can easily get lost in the detailed, carved scenes. Vessels, bowls, plates, boxes – objects normally meant to carry or hold things – the twist here is that Christensen’s hold stories too, “about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”
The Cusk, slab built porcelain, 16″ long
“My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.”
Hard Work Ahead
Meadow Columnar Study
Meadow Columnar Study, open
Tim Christensen at work
“In the same ways that we know and learn from the cultures who have come before us, my pottery depicts the particular place and time in which I live, and why I think it is important. I draw on my pieces because it is the best way I know to express what I am thinking about. I like to draw about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.”
Tim Christensen’s website
Read an article about the artist here
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