|In the studio I like to do||
Handbuilding, Sculpting, Everything to do with Ceramics
I don't use a pottery wheel
Mid-range temperature colored, gloss glazes for maximum, bright color effects on larger background area of sculpture combined with colored underglazes under clear glaze for small areas of vivid color.
|You can buy my work from||
My website at http://www.hazlehurstsculpture.com
My name is Gail Hazlehurst and I am originally from Hawaii but relocated 5 years ago to southern Vancouver island, B.C. for retirement as I am a dual citizen.
I handbuild clay wall sculptures and free-standing sculptures that reflect my years of living on tropical islands. The beaches, ocean creatures and coral reefs I encountered there are all inspiration for my sculptures. My wall sculptures have an abstract coral reef theme. My free-standing clay collage vessel sculptures and my coral head sculptures have an abstract ocean theme.
I am fascinated with highly detailed, abstract clay sculpture in different forms.
|What I Love about Ceramics||
I love the infinite possibilities of highly detailed abstract clay sculpture. There is always something more to explore and create.
I love the way clay feels, its plasticity and 3 dimensionality.
|How I started with ceramics||
While studying for my B.F.A. degree I fell in love with ceramics and decided to pursue that art form as my specialty.
|What inspires me||
The ocean and nature in general.
|What I'm working on at the moment||
I am currently working on a taller, cylindrical, 2 foot vertical vessel sculpture with abstract clay forms exploding out of the rim.
|My Artist Statement||
I clay handbuild my clay sculptures using the slab, coil and pinch methods. I use a variety of brightly colored underglazes and glazes. My sculptures are ocean themed, abstract wall sculptures, abstract clay collage vessels and coral heads. My inspiration comes from the beautiful images I have absorbed from a lifetime of living on tropical islands, the ocean and creatures within it, stretches of white beaches and the shells and corals cast onto them are all echoed in my art.
I have a BFA degree with an emphasis in pottery and I have been a clay handbuilding instructor and an exhibiting artist for 40 years.