Rebecca Skow - Cedar Rapids, IA
My ceramic work is defined directly by my native heritage from my grandmother and our love for nature. Natural forms and symbols are always finding their way into my work. My functional ceramic vessels cater to the human desire for physical and emotional comfort and gratification. In my work I utilize form, color and design to evoke a sense of ease that can be experienced both aesthetically and through use.
My passion for horses is evident in my work. Their majesty, strength, and beauty are at the center of my inspiration. I am captivated by their eyes that seem to see to the bottom of your soul, the texture of their coat on a rainy day, to the gentle swishing of their tail on a sunny afternoon.
Their environment is also a favorite source of inspiration. It is my goal to draw attention to the birds, flowers, color combinations, surfaces and textures I encounter in a pasture, and preserve in some way the visual and emotional experience of naturally occurring beauty.
My materials are stoneware and porcelain. Glazes are hand painted to employ texture, color and design, or simply as a liner. The pieces are thrown, hand built and sometimes altered, and designs etched into the surface. After bisque firing, the interiors are glazed; color is inlaid into any etchings and then hand painted. The work is then high fired in an electric kiln.