Above / Below
Installation: Seven McKnight Artists, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA. 2003
Above / Below (created in Minneapolis) is constructed with pages from the Minneapolis/St. Paul telephone directory, porcelain coated, rolled, glazed and inserted through holes in 35 gridded porcelain sheets. These 35 forms were kiln-fired in boxes filled with sand to the level of the grids. The stick/pages restrained by sand remained rigid in the firing; the stick/pages above the sand moved with and documented the movement of atmospheric gases in the kiln. While initially referencing the gridded city street layout, after firing they also suggested the wind-swept prairie.