My sculptures, a mix of clay, slips and glaze, are an exploration of form and surface. They are also a study of historical ceramic forms, from the Jomon pots of Japan and the storage jars of the Han Dynasty to Classical Greek urns and the naturally occurring Chinese scholars’ rocks.
The works are made with stoneware coils (rolled by hand) that are pinched and scraped together, then pushed and poked with fingers, elbows and fists. The work strives to communicate the expressiveness of the clay—its strength and malleability—and how the clay interacts with the fire of the kiln and the fluid nature of the glaze.
My work is about finding beauty in the ordinary or mundane— beauty in ugliness, also known as wabi sabi.
about the artist
Donna Green, a sculptor and potter, was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She holds a degree in Industrial Design from Sydney College of the Arts. In 1985 she moved to New York, where she joined Industrial Design Magazine as one of its editors. She began working in clay in 1988, studying at Greenwich House Pottery and Parsons School of Design.
Green’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Greenwich House, New York and McClain Gallery, Houston. She has shown her work in group exhibitions at Malia Mills, East Hampton; Umbrella Arts, New York; Japan Society, New York; and Ray Hughes Gallery and Legge Gallery, Sydney. In Australia, her work is shown at Utopia Art Sydney.
Green divides her time between her studios in Watermill, New York and Sunnyside, Queens.