Top#1 in New York by Sara Japanese Pottery. Tim Rowan Polished Sculptural Box. What a exceptional artist!
For Tim and Shumpei’s show, “Exchanging Fire,” last December right after the snowstorm I made my way up to Tim’s studio, in Woodbridge, New York. It must be somewhere around 15 years ago when Sara first began showing Tim’s artwork. But even so, this was the first time since then that I went to his studio. About two hours from New York City, driving on paved roads and then onto dirt roads, after a while we arrived at Tim’s studio.
The studio is well organized and surrounding the kiln are all of his tools. Whichever one you pick up, in an instant you can sense what an exceptional artist he is.
“ I no longer use a wheel because a wheel ends up restricting the form.”
Words that left an impression on me.
Now then, this box.
Tim’s artwork may be representative of the surface texture from a Bizen-style anagama firing, but the moment you glance at this piece your mood drifts to different place.
“Has this piece even been fired yet?” I asked.
“It was fired in an electric kiln, and then polished.” Tim answered.
To which I responded, “What? I’ve never seen something like this!”
Whether or not I typically touch a fired surface, in the world of pottery that I am accustomed to I was stunned by this instance. Cutting out a large mass of clay that was kneaded and compressed by nature alone, he took great caution to cut the shape of the box. After firing it in an electric kiln, carefully applying the polish, whites, browns, and grays became more prominent in color and pattern on the surface.
Tim is not a potter. It is more accurate to call him a sculptor.
Sara Japanese Pottery. 950 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10021. (69th and 70th street. ) http://www.saranyc.com/
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!