2020 Turmoil

Type of art: Sculpture - Stone, Bronze, Other



2020 Turmoil represents the change in our lives due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have ever seen the devastation a tornado leaves behind, no further explanation is required. However, the hole in the center of the lid handle, does represent how you feel after such a disaster as this.

2020 Turmoil was created with 36 hand cut squares of raku clay. Each square was scored and carefully attached to the next one. After being kiln fired to a temperature of about 1900 degrees, I added a clear crackle glaze to the tops and edges and fired the piece in a gas raku kiln. When the temperature reaches 1800 degrees, the gas is turned off and the piece is removed from the kiln while it is still red hot. When the cooler air reaches the freshly fired piece, you can hear the glaze popping and crackling - it sounds like it is going to explode! Then, after allowing it time to crackle, and while it is still hot, it is placed in combustible material and allowed to ignite. A lid is tightly placed on the container so the carbon is trapped in the porous unglazed portions and the crackles in the glaze.

Due to the amount of clay used to create 2020 Turmoil, it is a heavy piece, but it is very balanced and stands very well.

Materials: Raku clay and raku glaze

Technique: Raku

Size: 14.5" x 9.5"

Price: $495
Eva Cantrell
Cherokee Nation
Eva L Cantrell, Cherokee artist, lives on the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Oklahoma. She is a multi-award-winning and trained under renowned artists Jane Osti, Crystal Hanna and Troy Jackson. Cantrell has participated in Cherokee Art Market, SWAIA, SEASAM, Artesian Arts Festival, and more. She mixes contemporary methods with traditional themes in order to teach others native stories and the meanings behind the symbols in her pottery. She uses traditional methods with contemporary materials in creating the Cherokee double-wall baskets and contemporary materials for contemporary textile work.
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