Having been thinking about Celebrations for class work, I have been fascinated by Josh DeWeese’s pottery surfaces. In the article, Josh DeWeese, A Review, by Craig Adcock, Josh speaks frequently about his drawings and glazes, layered upon one another, building interest and a story to pique curiosity within the viewer. This aspect of his work is one that I have always been drawn to. Using the kiln (woodfiring) to add to his glazing and drawing to create something wholly its own- relinquishing control of the results- seems to me to be the best kind of celebration.
While Josh’s forms are somewhat simple, they echo the fluid lines and dancing colors from his drawings and the kiln firing process, making a complete embodiment of the vibrancy that he pursues in his work.