OLGA TUROK – Artist statement
I find a tremendous enjoyment in the process of transforming raw organic material into a fine art object. Every piece gains its own story, meaning and purpose. It is the magic of this transformation that I wish to share with others, as well as my passion for art.
One of the techniques I enjoy is hand building and throwing pots for burnishing and sawdust firing by hot smoke. These are also known as primitive pottery and were originally used as food storage containers.
There is a deep meaning to my black pots. Working on these pots makes me feel grounded and connected to the Earth. Every vessel undergoes a long process of creation, which includes the elements of nature – Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Through the long process of transforming raw organic material into a fine art object every piece gains its own story, meaning and purpose. It is the magic of this transformation that I wish to share with others.
All my lidded vessels were created with the intention of being used as urns. I traveled in Nepal, Tibet and shortly in India to learn about Buddhism. That is where the inspiration of the Lotus Vessel come from. The different shades of black and gray is accidental and always surprising. Burnished pots are bisque fired on a low temperature and then fired second time in a hardwood sawdust in metal containers. The last firing is done in Cariboo.
我将其打磨之后, 在低温下进行首次烧制, 然后再在金属容器中的硬木锯末中再烧一次, 是在卑诗省Cariboo的一个窑烧制而成。