With the second Anagama Wood-Fired exhibition at Spun Smoke we are pleased to present Darren Cockrell and Mitch Iburg. Both artists were 2014 residents at the Guldagergaard: Intl. Ceramic Research Center in The Netherlands, in conjunction with the 2nd European Woodfire Conference.
Darren Cockrell memorialized his father's diesel fuel can with a porcelain slip cast. While rummaging through his father's tools, Darren ran across a small fuel can that reminded him of his childhood, years spent with his father, rebuilding engines, the diesel can always on hand to clean oiled parts. The metal can sat unused for many years until Darren saw possibilities of renewed life in a simple but provocative form. Now the porcelain gas cans continue to serve a utilitarian purpose, building a platform for other forms, or dividing space in an anagama wood-fired kiln. While the ceramic can is serialized, their surface individuates each with unique characteristics.
Darren Cockrell is a self-taught artist who has been working in clay the past several years. His practice includes functional hand-built as well as sculptural objects. He was recently invited as a resident at Guldagergaard: Intl. Ceramic Research Center, in conjunction with the 2nd European Woodfire Conference, 2014.
Mitch Iburg's forms have a primitive energy primarily fueled by the vagaries of the clay used to form his vessels. "As a place based maker, my practice is reflective of my surrounding environment. Each region offers unique natural resources which form the foundation of my work. indigenous clays and minerals are harvested and minimally processed to retain the inherent expressions of the landscape from which they originate. In doing so, I not only wish to highlight the qualities of these resources, but also the unique voice of the setting itself."
Mitch Iburg is an emerging ceramic artist who works exclusively with indigenous clays from areas he resides. He received his BA in Fine Arts from Coe College in Iowa. He's had a robust schedule of exhibitions and residencies since his graduation in 2011. With his recent residency at Guldagergaard: Intl. Ceramic Research Center, Mitch Iburg was invited to present, "Wood Fire Now", a special emphasis on an emerging generation of wood fire artists.