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Ceramic Sculpture Gallery

 

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Painting Gallery

New Sculpture Gallery

Available Work 2015

Smallworks and Vessels Gallery

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The Bird

Lady of

Banff

Dancing

Couple

The King of

Everything

La Cantina  

   
 

Parallel Lives

Lady Luck

Orange

Zinger

Tunnel

Vision

Victorine


   
 

Sapphire

Lantern

Child's Play

T-42

The Touch

Twas a

Dark and

Stormy Night


   
 

Emerald Lantern

Portals to

the Past

Blind Choice

Chair Man

Road Warrior


   
 

City

Dwellers

Star

Struck

Tea House

Corinna's

Parrot

Tilting at Windmills


     
 

Tree of Life

House

Floating

 

Magic Pony

Family of

Comedians

   
 

Serafina

Tuscany

House

Hale

Kohala

Il Palazzo

di Tea

 

Centaur of the

Kayak

The Voyage

of Seer

and Voix

Cloris and

Prettyman

   
 

Kiln Goddess

American Dream

Leap of

Faith

Debt Monster

Necklace of Stones

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Inspiration, Materials and Techniques

Influenced by the writers Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth) and Gaston Bachelard (The Poetics of Space), Cheryl Tall creates sculpture driven by her own personal mythology.

Tall works with a soft responsive clay that encourages repetitive shingle like finger marks.  This unique texture serves to unite her body of work and gives her characters an otherworldly look that can suggest armor, petals or scales.

Because of the softness of the clay, only 5" can be built in a day.  She builds the clay slowly, working in an spiral coil-pinch technique until the need for a separate layer is reached.  At this time, she will create a lego-like connector on the inside of the piece so it can go apart and come back together.  After the building is complete, the sculpture must be dried, coated with powdered copper and terra sigillata, and fired 14 hours in a kiln.  Sometimes additional firings are needed, so the whole process can take from 6 weeks to 3 months.

The resultant surfaces resemble a richly textured abstract painting.  The colors are subtle, reminiscent of lichen covered stone and ancient tapestries.  The sculptures are very contemporary in subject matter, yet have a feeling of 'history', almost as though they were created years ago by an unknown civilization.

 

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San Diego, California

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