A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Elsa Mann
Night & Day Studio
947 Bentley Street,
Mount Forest ON

Elsa Mann has been a full time potter since 1994. Self taught, she primarily explores the intricacies of the raku firing process. She has utilized the metallic sheens of raku tile to create large scale projects such as accent tables, tiled mirrors, mantel surrounds and feature areas. On a smaller scale she creates treasure boxes, urns and accents using the very same process. Hand built, wheel thrown and combined techniques are all ways in which her works are created. Found objects often accent her boxes and urns...smooth pieces of wood found on the shores of Lake Huron, knotted and gnarled portions of tree root and whymsical additions of feather, are just some of the items she has incorporated into her works. In recent years, Elsa has focused her energies on horse-hair raku pottery, a primitive firing technique using real tail and mane hair to create fine black lines on pottery.

" The use of clay in the rituals of burial are as old as time. Potters are markers in history, ...evolving, ...changing and representing a specific period of time and their culture. They do this through the characteristics they incorporate into their works. My vessels are a part of this continuum. My use of objects found in nature is a way of connecting the organic nature of man to his natural surroundings and is ultimately a reflection of his organic end state. Earth to earth. "

'Death of a Las Vegas Show Girl'
clay, Raku fired / feathers/found objects

Our culture includes individuals who follow the mainstream as well as those just a bit off kilter. This urn represents the fringe in our society...made up...electric...and very disconnected from the natural world.

'Wood, Clay and Fire' (triptych)
medium - clay, Raku fired / wood/found objects/horse hair

The organic essence of what we are, is all that is left of us when we pass. These pieces capture the simplicity of our being.

'Jagged Edge'
medium - clay, Raku fired / found objects

The pain of loss is the inspiration behind this piece. Feelings that are rough and raw, exposed and present.


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