Decal Pottery with Complex Narratives
Based in Milton, West Virginia, ceramic artist Eric Pardue’s creates narratives in his pottery using images he comes into contact with during his daily activities. A graduate of Alfred University with a degree in Fine Arts, Pardue explains, "I've been working with pottery for 20 years. It was going to be a career, but it turned into a hobby."
Starting with wheel thrown red earthenware, Pardue coats each pot with various slips, underglazes, glazes and commercial and artist-made decals, producing a layered surface of color, mark making and imagery.
His highly detailed and evocative pottery draws the viewer into a relationship with the piece. Pardue says, “These narratives may refer to a specific current situation, past experience, a specific song lyric, or passages from books. Although the references I make are personal and come from my experiences, I do intend for the viewer to build on my intentions with their own ideas and to develop their own story as they interact with the piece.”
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