BERT  BOGDANY

 

 

Below you will find images of all available works categorized by series. To view the entire collection, click on the GALLERY link above. If you are unable to find a form from the available section below, an original piece from the GALLERY section can be recreated by commission in the same likeness. Each piece is hand crafted, and a unique artwork, so some variations from the original form should be a welcomed expectation.

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VERTICAL SERIES

Many of the forms in this collection are a combination of wheel thrown and hand built constructions. Using a potters wheel, these structures are formed by altering, shaping, and compressing the clay`s surface area. In rotation, the clay is methodically worked until the surface is no longer recognizable compared to it`s original state. The repetitive method of this process becomes meditative and causes my whole self to move in a familiar and automatic way.  Conceptually my hand and the clay systematically merge and reveal the object, like record of time, a tangible monument to the method of the structures creation. The forms in this series are meticulously shaped to include an organic geometry that has occurred thematically within my work for over two decades. It is my hope that these works express the same feeling of balance and unity to the viewer, as I receive when creating them.

HORIZONTAL SERIES

The horizontal and wall structures are a combination of hand building and relief carving. Working in the medium of clay for many years, I have discovered the inherent beauty within the unaltered, raw state of the material. Realizing the dichotomy of attempting to perfect a surface with a potter`s wheel that already holds an inherent flawlessness has caused me to expand upon my research. This awareness has influenced my desire to create a sculptural series that holds a truth in materials. These works convey a less contrived form, by allowing the soft clay to move, separate, and settle during construction. These forms are more reactive and determined by random variables that are based upon the structural integrity of the material. The contact of the hand and the weight of the clay become more apparent in the surface quality of these works. The final static sculptural form is a record of my physical interaction, and reveals the process involved in the structure’s form. The horizontal structures are meant to convey a harmonious balance between the material and the physical process of its alteration.

LARGE BOWL SERIES

The Large Bowl Series combines the wheel thrown form with relief carving. Each form from this series reveals a hand carved pattern that is unique to the contours and dimensions of the surface.

The Platter Series combines the wheel thrown form with relief carving.  Each decorative platter in the series reveals a uniquely hand carved pattern that can be observed from any direction due to the forms composition, and direction of line. Many of the forms in this series can be displayed on a wall, or traditionally on a flat surface.

TEA POT SERIES

The Tea Pot Series includes a combination of wheel throwing, hand building, and or relief carving. These works are an exploration of form that expands upon the preconceived notion of a tea pot. Traditionally each form has a vessel, handle, spout, and removable lid. They serve as a decorative, and functional artwork.

REVOLVING EVOLUTION SERIES

The Revolving Evolution Series is a kinetic body of work that includes wheel throwing, relief carving, and hand building. All of the works from this series are created using a rapid firing technique, and clay body called Raku. During the glaze firing process, the pieces are removed from a kiln at 1850 degrees, and buried into a combustible material to slowly reduce the extreme firing temperature. In reduction, the smoldering clay and glaze reacts with the combustible material creating carbon. This process creates a unique finish can include a random metallic iridescence, and or a fracturing of the glaze.

PLATTER SERIES