Jeff Whyman: Out of Nature

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Two large stoneware vessels that have been wood fired.

(Left) Jeff Whyman, Hero, 2017, stoneware, Kentucky quartz crystals, wood fired, 23 1/2 x 11 x 13 inches; (Right) Victory, 2019, stoneware, wood fired, 19 x 11 x 17 inches, both Courtesy of the Artist 

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Jeff Whyman's ceramics are inspired by nature, including the shells he collects. His vessels, teapots, and plates retain a semblance of function but are sculptures. His spouts are twisted, his vases sag and tilt, and his plates are rife with lumpy accretions.  

Whyman acknowledges the influence of the renowned ceramicist Peter Voulkos who elevated the medium of clay to fine art and whom he worked with for ten years at his Berkeley, California studio.

Unlike Voulkos, who added and subtracted elements to his pieces over time, Whyman created his works all in one moment while the clay was still wet. He used the wheel to throw his vessels and spontaneously added materials such as sea glass, Chinese crystals, mineral oxides, metal nails, and wood ash to make forms that call to mind rock formations and what one might find on the ocean floor.

Whyman lives and works in Delray Beach, and this is one of a continuing series of exhibitions of work by artists in the area.

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