Grazers on Yellow

Grazers on Yellow
Syd Carpenter
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 85.2
Medium: Raku-fired clay
Size: 14 1/2 x 10 x 10 in.
Date: 1985
Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin C. Lewis

About this piece, Carpenter said: "This piece was part of a series of pots that combined my love of painting with my love of making decorative pots. I chose the image of grazing animals after seeing the pre-historic paintings of animals in the caves at Lascaux in France.  The surfaces are evocative of the weathered surfaces of the caves but the colors recall those seen in early impressionist and Fauv paintings of the late 19th and early 20th century French painting. The shape of the pot refers to an animal, perhaps a bird." “As a child I always knew that I was a visual artist – that mentally, emotionally I would be an artist. I not only liked looking at things, thinking about them, but also the physical involvement, handling material, looking at things other people had handled and made."