Sgraffito pottery by Tim Christensen opens on Friday, September 4 at CRAFT Gallery in Rockland. This is also the evening of First Friday Art Walk.
Christensen draws inspiration from his natural surroundings of woods, ocean and sky at his cabin studio in Roque Bluffs, Maine. He uses a gas-fired kiln to fire porcelain forms, carving through a black slip to depict birds, fish, animals and plant life that he finds in his environment. Cups, bowls, platters, boxes, vases and sculpture teem with narratives from nature.
The history of the sgraffito technique, once considered to be the vessels of kings, traces back to Japan, Africa and the middle east. It can be found in 15th century Italian ceramics to native American pottery all the way to the contemporary pottery of Christensen. The artist will attend the opening on Friday evening to discuss his work.
CRAFT will extend the current show of Dudley Zopp’s Oyster and Periwinkle drawings and paintings, photographer Kathie Florsheim’s seascape images and Krisanne Baker’s oil paintings to complete the narrative from nature. The show will continue until September 30th.
CRAFT Gallery is in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland, across from he side entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum. For more information, call (207) 594-0167 or visit www.craftonelm.com