GARRISON W COVERDALE
BFA Washington State University
MFA University of Hawaii
Primarily, I have been a “Raku” artist for many years and I love the excitement of the hands-on spontaneity of the Raku firing process. While I am able to influence the outcome, I am never able to completely control it. Every piece is entirely unique.
The hand-built box is interesting to me because it is technically difficult and particularly challenging to fire using the Raku method. It also provides an excellent “canvas” to display the beautiful crackle patterns of the glazes.
The carts are an extension and elaboration of the hand-built box form, utilizing additional elements such as metal and wood. I enjoy finding and using objects that can be repurposed and applied as mixed media. The carts are loosely inspired by my interest in the amazing worldwide variety of wheeled carts and conveyances. The skills that I acquired working for many years as a Wind Tunnel Model Maker have helped me enormously in assembling my sculpture.
" In contrast, two works by Garrison W Coverdale added wit and whimsy to their crackled surfaces. Coverdale’s Pitcher Box evoked an Egyptian sarcophagus jar used for mummified body parts. With the artist’s modern version, a tiny pitcher filled with pencils sat on the vessel’s lid, hinting of a writer’s work hidden within. Grey crackle lines spread across the rectangular cream-coloured surface like strands of a spider web. In contrast, Coverdale combined wood elements and raku to create his version of a ukulele titled Rakukulele. The crackle surface was a collection of harmonious and musical rhythms as it worked its way across the face of the instrument and it was hard to resist the visual pun done with a great amount of flair. Coverdale expanded raku's horizons by moving beyond functional ware. "